Environmental Effects Of Facking

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Register to read the introduction… However, carbon dioxide as well as other natural gases are released both directly through the fracking process and through the burning of the natural gas for energy (Howarth, Ingraffea, and Engelder 4). According to a study conducted by Howarth himself, “The total greenhouse-gas footprint from shale gas exceeds those of coal at timescales of less than about 50 years”. This can be seen as apparent when looking at studies conduct at the Barnett shale site in the Midwest. At the Barnett site, air pollution by volatile hydrocarbons, such as benzene, were found to exceed toxicity standards. Levels of the toxicity of gases were so high they were deemed to have a risk to cause cancer from chronic exposure.
While the main reasons to support the use of fracking in the United States can be seen as highly controversial, anti-frackers are also against the technology for two other reasons as well. The two main concerns associated with the fracking process are the potential adverse effects that the natural gases that flow up into the well have on nearby water supplies, and the second pertaining to the composition and types of chemicals used in the fracking fluid and the potential threat they have to human
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Fracking has the ability to contaminate our water supplies with vast amounts of natural gases as well as numerous combinations of chemicals whose effects on human health have yet to be studied. As human beings we have to ask ourselves whether such a newly developed process such as fracking is worth the potential hazardous risks to the environment, and the health of other citizens in our society. Should we continue a short run process to benefit our society now, which may have devastating effects for the society yet to

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