What the Frack?
by Theresa Sirois, Social Media Coordinator
What is fracking, and is it a big deal?
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a hydraulically-pressurized liquid made of water, sand, and chemicals. Originally developed to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, many say the dangers of this process outweigh the production of natural gas, although the issue is a divisive one.
image from www.globalpoliticalinsight.com
Drawbacks of fracking:
For each fracturing site, it takes 1-8 million gallons of water to complete the job. With this mass amount of water you need to also consider the tanker trucks, expending gas and emissions for travel, to get the water to the location. Additionally, once on site, the water brought in is mixed with sand and chemicals to create fracking fluid. Approximately 40,000 gallons of chemicals are used per fracturing.*
Benefits of fracking:
Because of shale and fracking, the International Energy Agency projects that the U.S. could become the world’s leading oil producer by 2015. As for natural gas, the United States is the leading producer in the world, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA estimates total U.S. gas production from 2012 to 2040 will increase 56 percent, with natural gas from shale the leading contributor.**
WE weigh in:
The Clean Bedroom has stood for healthy living and sustainability since its inception. We believe all need to stay vigilant and get involved when we find out about practices that can potentially hurt our planet and ourselves.
Do your research. Form your own opinion. Look for ways to get involved. Websites like Earthworks contain vast amounts of specific information about Hydraulic Fracturing. Read up and then share your thoughts on twitter using #whatthefrack
* all information here gathered from The Dangers of Fracking