Hydraulic Fracturing of Natural Gas Essay

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Hydraulic Fracturing of Natural Gas ENGL 1101 Mount Royal University Can you imagine being diagnosed with brain damage anytime now? Or, having lost your sense ofsmell or taste? These are only some of the negative characteristics that come along a poorly performed hydraulic fracturing job for better natural gas extraction. Due to its highly invasive procedure on the ground, hydraulic fracturing needs to be considered as environmentally risky and inadequately regulated. There are innumerable evidences that demonstrate how detrimental hydraulic fracturing is for the environment, animals and the people that are surrounded by gas drilling sites. Now, you might ask: What is hydraulic fracturing? Josh Fox (2010) explains the following: Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well. Now that we know a little bit more about hydraulic fracturing, we can ask the question: Why is it so dangerous to the environment, animals, and people? Well, according to a research study made by Osborn, S. G., Vengosh, A., Warner, N. R., & Jackson, R. B. from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2011), areas where there is one or more gas wells within a kilometer averaged high methane concentrations in drinking-water wells to adjacent gas wells. On the other hand, neighboring non-extraction sites, that is, where there is no gas well within a kilometer, with similar geological characteristics averaged low methane concentrations. Can you imagine your water being contaminated by gas drilling sites putting at risk your life and

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