What's Behind the Natural-Gas Boom?

An animated look at why production has skyrocketed in recent years 

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From Texas to New York, natural gas has radically changed the energy landscape in America. But how did the practice commonly known as fracking explode so suddenly, and where is it actually happening? In the two-minute video above, Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic's senior technology editor, explains the two main technological innovations that have tapped formerly unreachable gas in shale. Animated by Lindsey Testolin, this clip is part of a six-part video series in The User's Guide to Energy special report. For a look beyond the basics to the larger conversation about the pros and cons of natural gas, see Kyle Thetford's piece on the boom

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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