Petroleum and Uranium Extraction: Hydraulic Fracturing

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Since its use on the massive scale in 2003, hydraulic fracturing has become a very controversial topic. This process, also known as “fracking”, is a means obtaining deep deposits of petroleum, and uranium-bearing solution but most notably natural gas. This is achieved through drilling long horizontal shafts down to various rock formations, and pumping highly pressurized water, chemicals, or sand slurry into the well, fracturing the surrounding rock, and letting the desired resources flow freely. Many experts attest to the fact that fracking is a safe alternative to oil, with an abundance that will alleviate the stress on the US economy and lift its independence on the global oil market. However true these statements may be, the fact that oil companies careless practices, combined with unknown risks and the fact that natural gas will just offset the need for power, makes it dangerous, and an unfit replacement for oil. Without proper regulation, research, and precautions, hydraulic fracturing should be banned not only due to its harmful nature, but the tendency for leaks, and no long term economic benefits.
Shale gas procured from fracking is directly below ground water deposits (aquifers). Those supporting fracking claim that, simply due to geology, it is impossible for a crack thousand of feet below a aquifer to spread all the way up and contaminate it with hydraulic fluids or gas. This is true, not only on the geological lever, but due to the fact that the fluid that could
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