Fracking And The Natural Gas Essay

1020 Words Jun 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
“Hydro fracturing”, also known as fracking, is a controversial oil and gas extraction technique used to access fossil energy. This process literally smashes shale rock with millions of gallons of water and chemicals to access the gas. This process is very unnecessarily harmful in many ways. It hurts the environment and climate, it hurts the health of humans, and it causes dangerous earthquakes. This practice only benefits the big businesses and oil companies, and should be stopped as soon as possible.
In any area of the globe, fracking causes damage and destruction of the environment. The natural gas option that was previously seen as more climate friendly, is actually seriously harming it. Fracking has been proven to be linked to leaks of methane 23 times more potent in greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. A recent study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Opposing Viewpoints, monitoring gas wells in Weld County, Colorado, estimated that 4 percent of the methane produced by these wells is escaping into the atmosphere. The only way to stop climate change is to stop burning fossil fuels, not dig more up. Through air pollution, water contamination, and improper disposal of waste products, this type of drilling is causing great harm. Since they starting practicing “fracking”, there have been a number of soil and oil spill contaminations. According to an article on Opposing Viewpoints, oil companies reported over 1,000 oil spills in North Dakota alone, with…

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