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According to an article on businessweek a because of fracking the areas around the drill locations have seen household incomes rise by $1,200. The energy sector supports 2.1 million jobs which added $75 billion to “federal and state revenues”. Fracking also added $283 billion to the US GDP or gross domestic product. Because of fracking fuel prices will fall which will lead to an increase of 3.5% to industrial production by the end of the decade. These have been some environmental questions about the safety of fracking most of which is the safety of the water and other natural resources. Mark Brownstein, who is chief counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund believes “If you’re going to
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Hydraulic Fracturing: Why the Bad Rep?Natural gas has been used in the home since the first century A.D. as a perfect heating source for daily living. It is used as a heating fuel and also used to cool. Natural gas is essential for everyone's daily life and it is more efficiently produced through a process called hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking for short, is a technique used in commercial gas drilling. Fracking involves drilling into deep underground shale, sand stone and coal beds. These deposits hold large amounts of natural gas and bubbles like fossilized soda (Schmidt). The way fracking is achieved is by mixing large quantities of water and sand with chemicals
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Hydraulic Fracturing is a controversial oil and gas extraction process developed in the late 1940s to gain access to natural gas deposits trapped miles under U.S. soil. Hydraulic Fracturing also known as hydrofracking is currently used in over 20 states including California. “California records showed fracking operations in 10 counties counties: Colusa, Glenn, Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Sutter, Kings and Ventura , as well as in state waters off Los Angeles. Kern County is currently California’s major oil-producing county; Halliburton (an American multinational corporation which is also one of the world's most significant oil manufacture companies with business
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Fracking in the natural gas community is a vital part of the recovery of natural gas. Fracking is a controversial subject right now; some environmentalists believe that fracking is detrimental for the environment, although some people believe that fracking is a necessity for the future of fuel. In other words, until the human race finds a better and more renewable fuel, such as wind, solar, geothermal, or nuclear. Fracking for natural gas could offset the United States oil consumption by one third, but all these fuels are a small percent of the energy being produced now. The fact is that fracking for a future can provide a seamless transition to a more renewable fuel. In addition to
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What's the Fracking Problem?W hy does everyone care so much about natural gas? Why is it such an essential part of modern culture? Sure, it's an exciting and up and coming technology, which is fuel for the technological generation that we've grown up in, but we need to take a closer look to see the methods and impacts that could affect generations after us.Water is one of our important resources that were given to us by mother nature. We see water as a source for survival and many more advantages. It's fragile, and the smallest amount of contaminants could ruin it for a population, yet one of the major ingredients in fracking processes is the water. Reports of accidents involving water
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I am Amanda Woodworth a 7th grader at Nagle Middle School. We are working on fracking and today I have decided to tell you about it because North Dakota has a lot of fracking going on. Facking is “the forcing open of fissures in subterranean rocks by introducing liquid at high pressure, esp. to extract oil or gas.”(Dictionary.com online) The process of fracking has many impacts on our daily lives. Fracking starts with a well is drilled vertically for about 1.5 miles down and then drills horizontal until it gets to the shale, which contains natural gas and oil. Then a mix of water, sand, and other chemicals are pumped into the shale at high pressure until the shale brakes so the gas can
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Hi,MY names Gavin Pitts from Nagel Middle School during this quarter are grade has been studying what is fracking Hydraulic fracturing is the process of drilling down vertically to get natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. Fracking produces natural gas extraction. Recent advancements for the drilling technology have led to new manmade fractures in shale plays that were once not available for exploration.(What is fracking online). I think fracking is not safe because in the areas where Fracking is taking place, it is causing crimes which isn’t beneficial to the economy, it also causes methane to get into peoples water and it is effecting surrounding Fracking
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As the United States grows and humans are developing both the land and resources, the need for energy is also substantially increasing. For hundreds of years, America has depended on fossil fuels as the main source of energy. But, fossil fuels are not renewable and soon we will run out. Many people our debating turning to renewable energy sources like wind, water, solar, or geothermal, but the United States have found a new source of energy, and a new way of obtaining it. Natural Gas and the process of fracking to obtain it, to many people is our saving grace and a revolutionary energy method. But, is it really? Despite the obvious benefit of an energy surplus fracking is extremely
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Cal History Term Paper
The process of fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is the act of oil and gas getting blasted with huge amounts of water mixed with many chemicals deep into a gas reservoir. Fracking splits the formations of the rocks to allow the oil and gas extractions. Hydraulic fracturing was first used in Kansas 1947 (Fracturing in Cali) Since then, fracking had became a regular practice to getting rid of unrecoverable reserves, or to stimulate production from oil wells in the United States of America. Workers have been using this process for over 30 years with no reports of the outrageous outcomes. Fracking in California has been
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The Future of Fracking
Imagine the economy in America improving, more jobs and cheaper gas prices. Well that is what hydraulic fracturing is predicted to do. Some states are already using this method and seeing all kinds of changes. You may think this sounds like great news, however the cons of fracking out weigh the pros. Hydraulic fracturing is environmentally unsafe. Hydraulic fracturing cause’s earth quacks, decreases property value. More serious problems are water pollution and effects humans’ health.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is defined as “a process in which fractures in rocks below the earth's surface are opened and widened by injecting
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Ever since the process of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—made its entrance to the oil industry, issues and problems surrounding the process have become a common occurrence. Fracking is the controversial process of horizontal drilling (see fig. 1), where millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals are pumped deep into an oil well to extract natural gas from the earth’s crust (Ehrenberg 20). This practice has even been banned in some places (see fig. 1). The methane that comes out of the earth and the water used—called fracking fluid—has the potential to cause problems with local ground water supplies. Whether or not fracking is the cause of these problems, concern should
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Nine million gallons is enough water to fill approximately fourteen Olympic sized swimming pools. This is the amount of freshwater used and contaminated during one Fracking session at one well. Fracking uses sand, water and hundreds of detrimental chemicals mixture that is blasted at high pressure into a natural gas well. This dangerous process destroys the environment, killing once beautiful acres of land throughout the world. Fracking is a volatile and uncontrolled process which is scary when thinking of all the biodegrading chemicals used, these chemicals and the process itself leave long and short term damaging effects. Fracking has now pushed its way through America’s front door
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The search for a good oil supply has been going on ever since cars first started to run on gasoline. Although while there are great ways to drill, there are extremely dangerous environmental hazards and risks to animals that come along with it. Fracking, many argue, is the best form of drilling that we have today. Fracking is the use of sand, water, and chemicals injected at high pressures to blast open shale rock and release the trapped gas inside. Still, many debate the use of fracking because while it provides jobs and helps the economy, fracking is awful for the environment because it uses many chemicals in the drilling process and it contaminates large supplies of drinking water
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Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from underground by drilling and pumping large amounts of water beneath the Earth to open up natural gas deposits (Banerjee). Countries with large natural gas deposits, such as France and Bulgaria, have already banned the practice of hydraulic fracturing. Though fracking may seem like a new concept, it is not; about one million wells have been fracked since the mid-1900s in America (Brantley). Fracking has only become so controversial recently because the most current proposals have been in more residential areas. The most controversial natural gas deposits in the United States are the Marcellus Shale along
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in non-porous rock (Howarth, Ingraffea, and Engelder 3). The main type of rock surface that is used in this process is shale rock due to its vast amounts of trapped natural gas mostly consisting of methane (1). When hydraulic fracturing occurs, a well is drilled horizontally into the shale rock surface at about 1000 meters deep (Kramer 2). The next step in the process is to create channels for the gas trapped in the rock to escape through. This is done by injecting a substance known as fracking fluid deep inside the well at consistently high pressure, causing the rock to fracture. Once the channels are made, pressure is released and the fracking fluid flows back up to the surface supposedly
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The news today is filled with stories about the benefit of using natural gas instead of crude oil and the benefits to the environment. However, the consequence of fracking is a subject that should be investigated further. The potential groundwater contamination, health problems, and the geological effect of drilling have been linked to hydraulic fracturing.
The primary consideration is the threat of groundwater contamination. The process of fracking is utilizing a pressurized mixture of water, chemical, and sand to create fractures in underground shale formations to push gas to the surface. The process of pushing gas to the surface has had adverse effects on the ground level water, which
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Natural gas is said to be one of the most popular forms of energy today. In the past, often
left undeveloped and wasted, it was once considered “unusable” and “worthless”, compared to oil. In order to try to break our country’s dependence on foreign oil supplies, we have begun to dip into our own natural gas supply. Natural gas is found underground, and is produced when trapped gas is released above ground. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a process that extracts natural gas from the ground. As harmless as the billion dollar producing oil companies would want us to believe, environmental groups, scientists, and average citizens have raised concerns about the negative
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sound the questions are, at what cost to our health and continued wellbeing? Why are gas companies given special accommodations not to have to follow through with laws that have already been passed and lastly is the benefits of fracking for natural gas worth all the damage it is causing?
To better understand the points I am hoping to make with this research paper, you must first have a general idea of what Hydraulic fracturing is and its process. “Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a technique for tapping unconventional oil and gas reserves that are otherwise inaccessible. In the early 2000s, energy companies began combining horizontal (or directional) drilling with hydraulic fracturing to
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sound the questions are, at what cost to our health and continued wellbeing? Why are gas companies given special accommodations not to have to follow through with laws that have already been passed? Lastly is the benefits of fracking for natural gas worth all the damage it is causing?
To better understand the points I am hoping to make with this research paper, you must first have a general idea of what Hydraulic fracturing is and its process. “Hydraulic fracturing “fracking” is a technique for tapping unconventional oil and gas reserves that are otherwise inaccessible. In the early 2000s, energy companies began combining horizontal (or directional) drilling with hydraulic fracturing to tap
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Have you ever imagine the earth run out of resources, especially gasoline? The most significant energy we use to take for granted may be in tight supply. It would be a major inconvenience for us. That’s why I am here to discuss about it, that’s why I am here to save the earth, and that’s why I want all of you to join with me today. With fossil fuels nearing extinction, the United States has very limited options for providing the country’s millions of energy consumers with an energy source that is affordable and cost effective ; therefore, the solution is hydraulic fracking, also known as “fracking,” Natural Gas has the capabilities of fueling American cars and homes for the next hundred
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Fracking Causes Water Concerns
Texas is the leading domestic producer of oil and gas (Allen 489), even above the state of Alaska, and is responsible for thirty percent of the nation’s output. Hydro- Fracturing or “fracking” is the latest trend in oil and natural gas recovery. This industry is creating jobs and wealth at on obscene rate and will possibly lead the way for independence from foreign fuel sources (Davis 179-180). Despite the downsides to this industry‘s use of water and toxic chemicals. “Fracking” is a process in which a viscous fluid, mostly water and some toxic chemicals to create the gel like state, is injected at high pressures below the ground in an attempt to fracture
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“Hydraulic fracturing involves the use of water pressure to create fractures in rock that allow the oil and natural gas it contains to escape and flow out of a well (Energy From Shale).” Fracking has served to extract natural gas and oil where other methods would not be as successful but many environmentalists argue that fracking is affecting the environment and our drinking supply of water. Although fracking is still a controversial topic, it provides Americans jobs, increases the economy of the region, and the natural gas and oil are cleaner and more affordable source of energy. The EPA recognizes that natural gas and oil are an essential part to help our planet survive but
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Imagine a country that could depend solely on itself for energy, a place where energy wasn’t a concern. A country that unveiled an untouched, vast amount of energy that may be harnessed and used to create a legacy. The way this opportunity has presented itself, was through the courageous acts of many gas companies using a process called fracking. Through the use of hydraulic fracking, companies have created millions of jobs for people all across America. The problem is extremists and environmentalists want to bring this process to a halt, due to chemicals causing “harm” to the environment. Natural gas companies should be allowed to frack and gain access to the untapped colossal
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Four Colorado Front Range cities, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland, and Fort Collins voted to place restrictions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is sometimes referred to, in the November 2013 elections. Greeley, a neighboring community, has made a statement in the opposite direction. According to journalist Natalya Savka, “There is no talk of a fracking ban in this city of 427 wells, a number that is predicted to quadruple within the next few years” (45).
Hydraulic fracturing is the future of clean energy production in the United States, according to the gas and oil industry experts. Alex Prud’homme, author of Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, says that hydrofracking is
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The U.S federal government should significantly increase fracking because oil and gas fracking is big business in America, with more than two million hydraulically fractured wells across the country producing 43 and 67 percent of our national oil and gas outputs, respectively. But in my opinion these wells also nearly played a secondary role as nuclear waste storage sites and had the Atomic Energy Commission had its way with Project Plowshare. And fracking is the process of pumping water deep into the Earth, specifically into underground oil and gas reserves, at tremendous pressures in order to break apart the surrounding rock and free the energy product, which can then be pumped out and
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Imagine once living in a quiet, scenic town and one day you wake up to loud, disrupting noise from traffic and machinery. One major issue that most are unaware of is the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking or horizontal-drilling. Fracking is a gruesome process performed by gas companies to obtain natural or shale gas. Some people believe fracking is nearly harmless, but scientists and environmentalists have evidence to prove it is not only dangerous to the environment, but also to human beings.
Fracking is a process where gas companies drill about 8,000 feet below the earth to blast water, sand, and chemicals under enormous pressure. This
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recovery well.2 It is argued that hydraulic fracking is both cheaper and is a cleaner method to use when compared to other fuels such as oil and coal. While such statements may have some truth behind them, electricity generated by natural gas releases one-third to one-half less carbon than coal3, the methods of retrieving the natural gas can be catastrophic to the environment.
Natural gas is abundant in sedimentary rock formation. These rock formations are prominent in the United States and could be the answer to America’s energy independence problem.6 The Marcellas Shale, a massive bed of sedimentary rock that reaches from northern New York to West Virginia, contains some 516 trillion
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For decades, the United States has struggled to become energy independent. That is, creating enough energy to supply the needs of Americans instead of getting it from less stable countries overseas, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. However, recent technology advances in fracking have made the goal of energy independence realistic and achievable (Biello).
Fracking is a drilling technique used to extract natural gas from roughly a mile in the Earth's crust. Progress in mapping as well as mechanical equipment have given fracking companies the ability to drill efficiently and retrieve greater amounts of natural gas.
The process of fracking begins with drilling deep into the earth until workers
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attack. This natural defense mechanism can prove draining to the human body and endocrine disruption can result. A current example that highlights this topic involves the use of hydraulic fracking in several areas of the U.S. Previous epidemiologic research have indicated problems with endocrine disruption of exposed individuals living in geographic proximity to fracking. This is a serious health concern for these people, and it can ultimately put them at a health disadvantage due to their environment.
A working knowledge of hydraulic fracking is imperative towards understanding the mechanism behind endocrine disruption in the exposed populations. Hydraulic fracking or hydrofracking is a
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Oil and natural gas companies have developed a way to drill for natural gas, a process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Natural gas is a flammable gas mixture consisting of methane and several other hydrocarbons that occur naturally underground. Natural gas is used as fuel for heating, cooking, and even in some automobiles like the “RideOn” buses. This technique has only recently become economically feasible with the rising prices of fossil fuels, and there is much potential for recovering natural gas through fracking. However, fracking has many waste products and unusual side effects caused by the unnatural forces and materials used. Fracking has a detrimental
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The development of technology has always revolved round power and energy. For this power and energy generation man has been burning fossil fuels since the industrial revolution. Natural gas is one such non renewable fuel. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking as it is more commonly called is a method by which trapped natural gas is released from deep layers of the earth. Porous rocks are fractured by using water, sand and chemicals to release the entrapped gases. Though the technique of fracking has been around since the 1940s it is only in recent years there has been a huge increase in practice of this technique. However such a sudden explosive development has several
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A nuclear meltdown is todays hydraulic fracturing. “Fracking” as it is more commonly known as, is the process of injecting water into underground wells in order to obtain natural gas that is highly dispersed in the rock. Today, we live in a world of innovativation, efficiency, and where these ideas bring us closer to a better future. The fracking method is pumping large amount of fluids, which consists of water, chemicals, and solid materials, into underground wells which opens and fractures the surrounding rock formations. With this new opening, the natural gas can begin to flow outwards which makes it easy to extract. Hydraulic fracturing is a heated topic having many negatives that far
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Natural gas within shale rock formations is the new energy resource that is on the rise due to the decline of oil reserves in recent years. Though, the benefits of this recent discovery can be economically advantageous for our country’s future. However, we have ignored water and air as a natural resource. These two resources are taken for granted by people all over the world, possibly due to the high abundance of both. Water and our atmosphere are two resources that are essential for life to thrive, and the production of natural gas through hydraulic fracking endangers these resources.
Hydraulic fracturing is a process which involves using heavily powered diesel machinery for drilling
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If the question: “what hydraulic fracturing or fracking is?” was asked to the average person, depending on their location their answer could vary. Most likely though most or many people would not know what Fracking truly is but most would say that they have heard at least a little about it from the news. Hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking is a process that occurs after well has been drilled or bored, and the process through use of a perforated casing that injects fracking fluid which travels through the holes and to target zones and soon when the target zones can’t absorb the fluid and pressure is created causing natural gas or oil to flow up to the surface (Hydraulic Fracturing
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preserving earth’s resources, both those that can immediately be used, and those like the landscapes which tell a different story of their own. Throughout this journey, it is up to you to decide if hydrofracking does more than good; it is up to you to decide how much risk you are willing to put yourself, your family, and your friends.
Hydraulic Fracturing is a method of natural gas release which came into fruition in the 1940’s since but since then over 2.5 million fracking sites can be found in the United States alone. Hydraulic Fracturing combines a different form of horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Horizontal drilling is where instead of drilling straight down, the
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Hydraulic Fracturing is the cracking of the Marcellus Shale by injecting more than one million gallons of water, sand, and other chemicals at a high pressure into wells that go as far as 10,000 ft. deep. Miners and people who work for gas companies do this to collect the natural gas that shale rock produces. “Fracking” was developed by Haliburton about 60 years ago. This was a big break through because there was a point in time where the United States was considered energy poor. With this relatively new finding, the U.S. would have a great supply of natural gas, and it will also take part take part in our nations’ process of using “clean” energy in the future. Although there are
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-output alternatives. Because renewable sources are not yet fully developed, there are many who claim that a “bridge fuel” is needed to meet the world’s requirements while more sustainable energy sources are developed.
One proposed option is shale gas produced through a process called hydraulic fracturing,
or “fracking.” But this energy source is highly polarizing, with strong advocates and detractors.
While there are many who believe hydraulic fracturing should not be used in the quest for natural
resources, the process has a relatively low impact on the environment, and the shale gas that it
produces has the potential to change the energy landscape for the better. Contrary to
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. However, “current scientific consensus is that accidents and malfunctions, such as well blowouts, leaking casings, and spills of drilling fluids or wastewater, are more likely to contaminate surface and groundwater supplies than the process of high-volume hydraulic fracturing itself” (Adgate et. al. 2014:7). This means that more processing error rather than procedure is contaminating the water sources.
One possible contamination of water is called flowback water, which is “a byproduct of the fracking phase, and must be disposed of safely because it can potentially contaminate air and soil” (Finkel and Law 2004:784). Flowback water contains several chemicals that are known to cause adverse
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“We don’t turn on the water well anymore because we are afraid that [the water] will explode and catch the house on fire” states one Pennsylvania family who lives near a series of fracking wells (Fox). Fracking, known to the scientific community as hydraulic fracturing, gives people access to natural gas that lies “thousands of feet” below Earth’s surface (“Fracking”). The process involves drilling holes into Earth’s surface, at which point freshwater mixed with chemicals is pumped into rock formations underground. The chemicals force the rock formations to fracture, and natural gas companies such as Halliburton are able to extract the natural gas within the rock formations (“Fracking
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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was once considered a great way to get clean energy. It was considered much safer for the earth compared to coal mining and had support from big environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club. However, some issues have come up that put into question the actual effects that fracking has on the environment. Besides the noise and air pollution created by the drilling of wells and the truck traffic on the fracking sites, water pollution has become the greatest concern. When done incorrectly, fracking can load the water supply with thousands of dangerous chemicals and make it unsafe for drinking and other uses (Shan). “Even if, today, you completely
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To frack or not to frack, is the question that is heavily debated in Colorado. Many might think that fracking and oil and natural gas production in Colorado is a relatively new process, but it has actually been around for many decades. The industry has provided 110,000 jobs to the citizens of Colorado making gas and oil production very important to our state. Even though oil and natural gas have brought jobs and revenue to Colorado, the citizens of Colorado are much divided when it comes to fracking and how it effects our environment.
Colorado’s first oil discovery was in 1860, in Canyon City. Communities such as Boulder Colorado benefited from the discovery of oil, as well. In
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One of the fuels commonly used today is natural gas. Natural gas can be harvested through hydro-fracturing or fracking shale, a type of sedimentary rock. The natural gas is harvested by drilling wells deep into the shale and releasing the natural gas trapped inside. Natural gas has become increasingly important recently and as a result there has been an increased focus on attaining the natural gas through fracking. However, there has been an increasing amount of backlash about the effects that fracking has on water supplies, livestock (including animals used for food) public concerns and safety. There are documented incidents where fracking has polluted water supplies, contaminated animals
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The controversy that lies behind the use of 'Fracking'
7.2 Billion people heavily rely on oil in todays world. With such weighty demand comes a substantial amount of pressure for oil firms to extract, and supply hydrocarbons. This is a major reason as to why oil firms are reliant on hydraulic fracturing in order to extract fossil fuels miles beneath the ground. This cycle of demand and supply makes this subject vitally important to research and discuss. This investigation will be based on the controversy that surrounds the use of 'Fracking' (Hydraulic Fracturing). Hydraulic Fracturing is a method carried out by energy producing firms to extract hydrocarbons from beneath the ground
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The Controversy that Surrounds the Use of fracking
7.2 Billion people heavily rely on oil in today's world. With such weighty demand comes a substantial amount of pressure for oil firms to extract, and supply hydrocarbons. This is a major reason as to why oil firms are reliant on hydraulic fracturing in order to extract fossil fuels miles beneath the ground. This cycle of demand and supply makes this subject vitally important to research and discuss. This investigation will be based on the controversy that surrounds the use of fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing). Hydraulic Fracturing is a method carried out by energy producing firms to extract hydrocarbons from beneath the ground, in
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Is there anything better that a cool glass of water on a hot day or a swim in a clear blue lake? We need water for drinking, and we need it for recreation. We use it in a thousand ways. Without it, we could not survive. Yet with more and more people on our planet, we are using a lot and also using it carelessly and that is effecting our everyday living.
You can’t walk across a college campus, past an office building, or through a park without seeing one, two, or ten empty bottles. Many are plastic water bottles. Trash bins overflow them. Those water bottles are a problem. Why? Because only one out of five bottles actually makes it to a recycling bin. Plastic bottles take centuries to
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Definition of Terms
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fracking, or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method used to extract underground resources including oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy by injecting high pressure fluid into a geologic formation containing oil or natural gas deposits. The high pressure fluid opens up existing fractures and creates new fracture systems that allow the resources that were once trapped to move more freely into a production well for further extraction.
Shale gas is defined by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) as natural gas that is trapped within shale formations. Shale formations are geologic formations that contain
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The lack of knowledge about the health effects from hydraulic fracking was one of the main reasons that the Maryland legislature originally decided to place a de facto moratorium for the state.
Maryland placed a moratorium in the hope of gaining more knowledge and data about both the short and long-term health effects before the decision deadline. Under the order of Governor O’Malley, the Maryland Safe-Drilling Advisory Commission was created to “determine whether and how Marcellus gas production can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment and natural resources”. The main purpose of this advisory commission is to gather
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When I first entered the field of nursing, my main ambition was to master the art of bed side nursing. After completing my bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston in June 2007, I felt I had been adequately prepared to meet the challenges of hospital nursing. My first nursing job was in a Med-surgical/telemetry unit at a community hospital. I worked hard and gained tremendous experience caring for patients with complex, acute and chronic medical problems. I learned a lot from my patients and peers. My time working as an acute care nurse helped me realize that a BSN only equipped me with the academics of nursing but very little of the art of nursing. As my
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Is harming the environment ever justified? What if there was a way to develop a natural resource but you harmed the environment in the process, would that be fine? As a matter of fact there is a new innovative way to acquire a natural resource, natural gas, but the process brings as many risks as benefits. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process where shale rocks are fractured in order to release natural gas by puncturing and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressures. This procedure is very important because it provides us with abundances of natural gas, which is a fossil fuel that can provide many benefits to us especially now that we are lacking natural, alternative fossil
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make the claim that their methods of drilling are safe and that they follow federal regulations to ensure a safe work environment. Oil companies also add that fracturing incidents are rare and that the gains from fracturing greatly outweigh any potential danger. Despite the assurances the oil industry offers, hydraulic fracturing poses too many dangers to the wellbeing of peoples’ lives and natural habitats alike.
What is hydraulic fracturing? Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) is the process of extracting the natural gas, methane from the porous rock called shale. After using, a drilling rig to create a well that leads down to the shale, drillers pump in fracking fluid