Fracking: Causing More Harm Than Good Essay

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If the question: “what hydraulic fracturing or fracking is?” was asked to the average person, depending on their location their answer could vary. Most likely though most or many people would not know what Fracking truly is but most would say that they have heard at least a little about it from the news. Hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking is a process that occurs after well has been drilled or bored, and the process through use of a perforated casing that injects fracking fluid which travels through the holes and to target zones and soon when the target zones can’t absorb the fluid and pressure is created causing natural gas or oil to flow up to the surface (Hydraulic Fracturing 101). “Hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) stimulates …show more content…
“Fracture treatments in coalbed methane wells use from 50,000 to 350,000 gallons of water per well, while deeper horizontal shale wells can use anywhere from 2 to 10 million gallons of water to fracture a single well” (Hydraulic Fracturing 101).1 million gallons of water takes about 200 truck trips (Hydraulic Fracturing 101).
One of the reasons these companies and industries are allowed to use all this water, add chemicals to it, and inject them into the ground in which they go down to drinking water supplies such as aquifers is due to The Halliburton Loophole.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") does not regulate the injection of fracturing fluids under the Safe Drinking Water Act” (The Halliburton Loophole). “The oil and gas industry is the only industry in America that is allowed by EPA to inject known hazardous materials -- unchecked -- directly into or adjacent to underground drinking water supplies” ( The Halliburton Loophole). The Safe Water Drinking Act exemption became known as the "Halliburton loophole” due to the efforts of Vice President Dick Cheney’s…