Dangers Of Fracking

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Paul Vu Reusser ENGL Comp 1113 8AM 23 June, 2014 Environmental Danger Have you ever wondered how some oil companies get natural gas? There are numerous ways to obtain oil from the ground. Most people require natural gas in their everyday life. It has become more common, cheaper, and cleaner energy source. One of the ways to get it is called fracking. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. What is fracking and what does it do to the environment? Fracking is a process where millions of gallons of a mixture of liquid are inputted into the ground at high pressure to break the rock surrounding the natural gas. Then the natural gas is discharged from the ground into a well. One fracking drill only needs…show more content…
Benzene has been known to be a carcinogen, while the rest of the chemicals are unknown what long term damage it could cause. Another danger of fracking are spills. Spills occur during the adding of the fluids as well as during the results of the flow back. Drill operators will eventually have spills throughout this process. Hoses can be undone, gaskets can fail, pits leak and liquids always hit the ground, repeatedly in large quantities. Fracking needs a lot of work to be done before it can begin obtaining oil. The fracking fluids have a lot of toxic chemicals and become even more contaminated when pumped down a hole as they travel through rock formations before returning to the surface as flow back. The liquids can cause ground contamination and even in small portions can contaminate shallow aquifers with hydrocarbons, toxic chemicals, heavy metals and radioactive…show more content…
Fracking is bad for the environment. People still need natural gas or oil to live their life. It will take time to get all of the bugs worked out of fracking. Fracking companies are using the new technology to insure the protection of the environment. Fracking is a cheaper way of obtaining gas. Work Cited "What Is Fracking?" BBC News. BBC, 27 June 2013. Web. 23 June 2014. McElroy, Michael, and Xi Lu. "Fracking's Future." Michael McElroy and Xi Lu on Natural Gas, Fracking, and U.S. Energy Prospects. Harvard Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2013. Web. 23 June 2014. Wilson, William R. "Natural Gas Fracking: What Is Hydrofracking and Why Should You Care?" Hubpages, 3 Feb. 2012. Web. 23 June 2014. Stag, Smith. "Fracking of America." Fracking of America. Atlas Studios, n.d. Web. 24 June

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