The Effects Of Fracking On The Environment And Citizens

1715 WordsApr 26, 20177 Pages
As Americans search for alternatives to purchasing oil and gas from overseas, the increase of fracking to extract compressed natural gas has risen dramatically. Remarkably, the public can only access limited research from independent scientists who list both the negative and the positive effects fracking is having on the environment and citizens’ health (Rosenberg, Phartiyal, Goldman, & Branscomb, 2014, p. 75). Moreover, the American public and their elected officials are denied the chance to make informed choices about this undertaking because a fuller analysis is needed (Rosenberg, Phartiyal, Goldman, & Branscomb, 2014, p. 75). Some argue that the lack of comprehensive regulations of unconventional oil and gas development at the federal…show more content…
75). For American society to make educated and responsible decisions about the environment and potential health risks, science is required. Rosenberg, Phartiyal, Goldman, and Branscomb (2014) declare that scientific data that is independent, credible, and well-timed must be available to societies and have a significant role in informing decisions (p. 75). For example, hydraulic fracking involves numerous risks that are similar and dissimilar from conventional oil and gas production. Additional risks from conventional oil and gas manufacturing include the following: “the volume, composition, use, and disposal of water, sand, and chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process; the size of well pads; and the scale of fracking-related development” (Rosenberg, Phartiyal, Goldman, & Branscomb, 2014, pp. 75-77). Further, the increase in hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling has expanded into more populated regions of the country (Rosenberg, Phartiyal, Goldman, & Branscomb, 2014, p. 77). Such factors contribute to the rapid social disruption as well as damage the environment, especially in areas not previously endangered to the oil and gas industry (Rosenberg, Phartiyal, Goldman, & Branscomb, 2014, p. 77). Further, the increase in hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling has expanded into more populated regions of the country (Rosenberg, Phartiyal, Goldman, & Branscomb, 2014, p. 77). Such factors contribute to the rapid social disruption as well as damage the

More about The Effects Of Fracking On The Environment And Citizens

Open Document