Hydraulic Fracking: A Case Study

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As natural resources continue to diminish, alternative became more of necessity. Coal and oil consumption cannot replenish as fast as it is consumed, in which the resources will inevitably be exhausted. The people became optimistic regarding natural gas found in the United States. Drilling companies try to extract natural gas through hydraulic fracking; however, this process pose ethical concerns. While drilling for natural gas, methane can leak into the atmosphere, leading to global warming. In addition, careless fracking protocol could lead to groundwater contamination. As the petroleum engineering sector grows, new engineers from many disciple will be entering the field. Ethical standards are must be upheld while drilling, which is why the NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers and the SPE Code of Ethics provides standards that petroleum engineers must follow. Following these codes will allow petroleum engineers to conduct natural gas drilling in an ethical manner while preserving the environment and have financial gains. The inquiry will start by explaining what hydraulic fracturing is, and then explain the benefits of this procedure and the risk. The issue will then be analyze using Kantian ethics and utilitarian ethics. I will determine whether or not the action…show more content…
If engineers fail to adhere to fracking protocol, then fracking may cause more harm than benefit. Natural gas cannot be collected perfectly from fractured rocks, some of the gas escapes at the mouth of the well. The methane will adversely effect the atmosphere and the environment. Methane can trap the heat from the impact the global temperatures. In addition to the risk of global warming, fracking could contaminate water supplies, which poses health risks. If the fracking liquids are not recollected after injection or extract the methane effectively, these pollutants can contaminate the
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