Hydraulic fracturing, which is commonly called fracking, is becoming one of the fastest growing sectors of the dirty energy industry.  And one of the largest problems with fracking is that the companies doing the drilling are operating with almost no oversight and no regulations.  But as members of Congress attempt to correct that, energy companies are rushing to make sure that they continue to escape the grasp of regulators by funneling money into campaign coffers, and by enlisting the help of a very powerful ally – The US Chamber of Commerce.  Mike Papantonio talks about all of this with Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen’s energy program.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced