Shale Gas Good for America

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Introduction Shale gas is a natural gas that is found deep in the earth’s crust. This type of natural gas usually forms in shale deposits and can be released with a drilling technique known as fracking. Shale gas has become the most important source of natural gas in the United States. Scientist and researchers have always known of shale gas, but none have had the technologies to reach it till now. In early 2000, shale gas compensated for one percent of the United States supply of natural gas resources, but by 2010, shale gas accounted for over twenty percent of the United States supply of natural gas. Fossil fuels have many advantages, and are a good way to break the dependency on other countries for their natural resource supplies,…show more content…
The adverse reactions that the chemicals have on drinking water could cause birth defects and even death. Most drilling companies do not even check their drilling zones for adequate environmental protection. This is a major health hazard, and should be addressed. (Allen, 2013). Fracking uses a large amount of water. In some areas water is a valuable commodity and in limited supply. This could cause problems for those areas if the drilling process were to use too much water. The disposal of waste water from drilling is also a problem. The way in which a drilling company’s disposes of their waste has been known to cause tremors, which could lead to a massive earthquake if one is not careful. These companies need to rethink their process in order to provide the environment with the protection it needs. Shale gas burns cleaner and could be a good way for the United States to wean from their dependence on other countries for energy. The United States should do what they can to utilize the gas, but should come up with alternate ways to reach the gas pockets. Fracking requires that the drillers pump dangerous fluids into the ground, which could contaminate drinking water. In her article The Pros and Cons of Shale Gas, Alice Truong explains, “First of all, it's 5,000 feet below ground. To get a hold of it requires pumping hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids, which could contain hazardous chemicals, into the ground along with water and sand at high
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