Fracking Creates Real Environmental Concerns

1621 Words Aug 28th, 2016 7 Pages
Fourthly, fracking creates real environmental concerns (Lieberman, 2016). Fracking is a process that unearths large amounts of oil and natural gas. “During fracking, a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals are injected into a well at high pressures, fracturing rock far beneath the surface and releasing the gas trapped inside. The gas then flows up toward the surface and out of the head of a well.” One of the causes of concern are due to the huge amounts of water used in the process, which must usually be transported to remote locations. The chemicals used in the process create another area of concern as they could potentially contaminate underground water supplies. To make matters worse, “the fossil fuel industry has been reluctant to disclose which chemicals are used, citing proprietary considerations.” Consequentially, this could lead to more serious consumer concern if/when they discover the dangers and concerns regarding this process. Additionally, the fracking process also creates extremely small earthquakes. However, the earthquakes are almost always too small to cause damage and are typically a byproduct of the fracking process rather than a direct component of the process.
Finally, the natural gas industry is an aging infrastructure and poses ongoing dangers (Lieberman, 2016). More specifically, the transportation and storing of natural gas is aging and more vulnerable to leaks and explosions. Consequentially, this creates more danger for all involved in the process.…
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