Hydraulic Fracturing or fracking has gained a lot of media attention in recent years with a Hollywood movie, “Promise Land”, focusing on the issue. One place where fracking has come up is in New Brunswick, where there is a large shale reservoir. In New Brunswick, as in other areas of North America where fracking is possible, there is heated debate on whether the investment would be made in this industry. One perspective is that of shale gas industry which promotes fracking as a method to collect shale gas. On the other side of the debate are environmental groups, who point to the harm fracking can cause to the environment.
There are up to 600 dangerous chemicals are used in the technology for the sake of fracking fluid, including the known carcinogens and toxins such as lead, uranium, mercury, ethylene glycol, radium, methanol, hycdrochloric acid, formal dehyde, and so on.. Some of the new technologies are made when they mix a new form of chemical into the water just to make the oil fracking happen. The dangerous chemicals are mixed with the water before injecting it for the oil fracking purposes. Because of the water being mixed with the chemicals, the water became contiminated and there are some effects are made while flowing the water towards into the earth. One of the affect is “Shale Fracturing”.
Yet there are still very few regulations set on fracking. Even though fracking has helped produce many jobs, strict regulations are needed, because it is contaminating water supplies, causing explosions, earthquakes, and serious health problems for the people and land around hydraulic fracturing sites. First of all, what is fracking? Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of extracting natural gases from shale formations. Twenty million liters
This began to cause controversy when a veteran scientist whistleblower, Weston Wilson, called the study “scientifically unsound” (The Halliburton Loophole). Wilson encouraged the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a new study which did not involve the opinions of members of the hydrofracking industry so it would hopefully be non-biased (the Halliburton Loophole). While the integration of the hydrofracking industry into the Safe water Drinking Act appeared to be a good thing for regulating the industry, there is still a long way to go when it comes to actually controlling what is injected into the ground and its
On the other hand Jensen argues by saying prejudicing powerless individuals instead of those who actually attain influential power in the system of government and policy making is one of the problems to mitigate environmental pollution. He supports his idea by mentioning Kirkpatrick Sale’s quote: “ The whole individualist what –you-can-to-do-save-the-Earth guilt trip is myth. We, as individuals, are not creating the crises, and we can’t solve them”
Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking” is the process of extracting natural gas from the ground using water mixed with “fracking chemicals,” and it recently gained great popularity with energy companies due to the immense amount of gas available under the United States. Energy Companies call it the United States’ path away from foreign oil and the ability for the U.S. to once again be an energy superpower. They may be right. They may also be hiding something. Gasland, directed by Josh Fox, seeks to find these hidden facts about fracking and tackles the task by explaining in-depth the effects
After watching the documentary, there is no doubt that natural gas drilling is destroying our environment. For instance, hydraulic fracturing produces large amounts of wastewater, which may contain dissolved chemicals and other contaminants that require treatment before disposal or reuse (EIA, 2014). Furthermore, the chemicals used in the process can contaminate surrounding areas if they are released by spills, leaks, faulty well construction, or other exposure
David Morris, PhD, Vice President of the institute for Local Self-Reliance states that the expenditures for our transportation fleets are about hundreds of billions of dollars. Since hydraulic fracturing companies pump up more than enough natural gas from the shale rocks underground, the shift in demand for foreign supplies declines. Using natural gas from fracking is a better and safer alternative than using coal because natural gas does not emit as much carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. The graphs presented on natfuel.com shows that the amount of carbon dioxide
A local community Board of Supervisors has been approached by a company wishing to use hydraulic fracturing in the county. Fracking is drilling into the Earth and injecting a high pressure water, sand, and chemical mixture to crack the shale and release the gases inside. Natural gases are trapped inside shale rock, and are becoming more and more important to U.S. and world economies. Its proponents advocate the economic benefits of more extensively accessible hydrocarbons.  However, opponents argue that these are outweighed by the potential environmental impacts, which include risks of ground and surface water contamination, air and noise pollution, and potentially triggering earthquakes, along with the consequential hazards to public health and the environment.
Hydraulic Fracturing or more commonly referred to as fracking is the process of drilling about 5000 meters or more into the ground, then pumping a mixture of water, sand, and additives into the hole. The pressure of the water creates very small cracks in the rock, which in turn releases natural gas that is then harvested and used as fuel to produce energy. Natural gas fuels nearly 40% of the United States electricity generation. The U.S has the world 's largest natural gas reserves in its shale deposits, making it a perfect candidate for fracking. Fracking, although controversial comes down to the facts, and whether the good outweighs the bad,or vice
Desalination is a process that produces over 3.5 billion gallons of fresh water a day. In San Diego the world’s largest desalination plant is being built, this has cost over $1 billion and is allegedly going to be able to desalinate over 50 million gallons of water a day. This is an extremely expensive endeavour and will supposedly only supply San Diego with 7% of the water it needs. However not everyone is behind this solution. Many people claim that desalination is an energy wasteful process, is extremely expensive and can damage the environment, particularly marine life.
Hydraulic fracturing is a process that used to release the natural gas that is located underground. In this process, millions of water is pumped in addition to sand and chemicals under the ground to break the rock apart in order to facilitate natural gas release. A threat would occur as a result of using chemicals in fracturing and this could be either underground or during handling of the waste fluid which sometimes spilled on the nearby ground (ProPublica, 2015). In the Gasland documentary movie, the hydraulic fracturing danger is explored. This danger has environmental impacts such as contamination of ground water, reduction in a fresh water source, and risk to air quality, which in turn have a long-term effect on human health.
“It is also know to have about 632 chemicals identified from drilling and fracking operations throughout the U.S. Their research found that 75% of the chemicals could affect the skin, eyes, and other sensory organs, and the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Approximately 40–50% could affect the brain/nervous system, immune and cardiovascular systems, and the kidneys; 37% could affect the endocrine system; and 25% could cause cancer and mutations” (potential