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The Damaging Effects Of Fracking On The Environment

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The Damaging Effects of Fracking on the Environment

Fracking is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's society as a means to extract an increasingly rare resource from our environment. Despite the many arguments made in its favor by oil companies and supporters of such company’s hydraulic fracturing or fracking is harmful to people, the environment, and should be prohibited. In this paper the reasons given for fracking being beneficial are untrue. Explanations why the harm done by fracking outweighs the good will be given. There will be evidence shown for the damage hydraulic fracturing does to people and the environment.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a process used to remove natural gas from shale buried thousands
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The process of hydraulic fracturing has been known to cause earthquakes in the surrounding areas. "Between 1990 and 2008, Oklahoma had only three earthquakes per year that registered at 3.0 or more on the Richter scale. In 2013, Oklahoma had 109 earthquakes. That number has increased to 238 as of June 2014” (9 Good Reasons to Ban Fracking Immediately). The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has drastically increased since fracking begun in the state. Large quantities of highly toxic chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing and many of the chemicals leak out into the surrounding ecosystem. Many of these chemicals are known carcinogens, and many of these chemicals are unknown and considered trade secrets of the fracking companies. The chemicals in the fracking fluid are as closely guarded as the recipe to the pink slime that we slather on Big Macs or the secret ingredient in the Coca-Cola recipe. These chemicals spread through the air, water and soil and wreak havoc on the nearby environment. Between the earthquakes and the spreading of chemicals, hydraulic fracturing is much worse for the environment than other fossil fuel extraction…show more content…
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