Fracking And Its Effects On The Environment

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If given the opportunity to help the nation become energy independent, while increasing jobs in your area, most people would happily accept. This opportunity would also be boosting the economy, both locally and nationally, all without the environmental impact of carbon emissions. Does the decision become a no-brainer? But what if this new found energy dependence comes with hidden costs other than carbon emissions? Would you still want this opportunity in your area? This is what experts and passionate amateurs alike have been debating about fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing.. Although it has the potential to be a very lucrative process, presently fracking is far too detrimental to the environment, for example Southern Illinois’…show more content…
("Chemicals & Public Disclosure") This act states that any hazardous chemicals above a “threshold amount” must be reported to federal, state, and local authorities. All frac fluids have the same base which is water and sand, in a percentage supposedly 90% water and 9% sand. (“Water Use”) Although exact content may be a mystery, we know that all proponents are not explosive or as sensitive as the nitroglycerine used in the past. At a time where jobs are hard to find, fracking has been a saving grace for many. In 2012 alone the fracking industry supported 2.1 million jobs. (Economy) There is also a lot of potential for growth, according to Purdue University economist, Wallace Tyner. In the article “The Liberal War On American Energy Independence”, author Arthur Herman conveys that Tyner suggested that between 2008 and 2035 that fracking will add around $473 billion dollars each year to U.S. economy. (Herman) Fracking has already had an impact on foreign oil dependency, and it is definitely for the better. The New York Times reported “In 2011, the country imported just 45% of the liquid fuels it used, down from a record high of 60 percent in 2005.”(Krauss) This is a crowning achievement for many of the big supporters of fracking. Production could eventually reach to 10 million barrels a day, making us a real competitor of Saudi Arabia. (Krauss)
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