Pros And Cons Of Fracking

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Introduction

Fracking is a highly debated form of removing natural gas and oil from the ground and comes with both pros and cons. Oxford Dictionary defines Fracking as “the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas: Also called hydraulic fracturing.”. This method allows us to reach these resources in places that are difficult to get to. The issue with this method is that it brings more pollution to Earth and is very expensive. Our water and air gets contaminated with this process and, it is even said that Fracking will increase earthquake activity. Fracking also uses a large amount of our water. On the other hand, it has given us access
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It requires the use of millions of dollars per job which depletes our fresh water source. Pollution of our water is also a concern because of spills, leaks and faulty wells. It is very possible for our groundwater to become contaminated and the water that wild animals drink can become contaminated as well. In addition to our water supply becoming contaminated, the process of fracking tends to release a huge amount of methane gas which is terrible as far as global warming is concerned. As if that were not enough, fracking has also increased the amount of seismic activity; including places where little to no activity has taken …show more content…
The process of fracking releases a great amount of methane. According to One Green Planet’s website and author Patti Nyman, methane accounts for 14 percent of emissions worldwide but it traps 100 times more heat than carbon dioxide. Picture the current situation we are in with the burning of fossil fuels and the emission of carbon dioxide and imagine the situation we would be in if we continue to practice fracking and increase the amount of fracking worldwide. With this comes more storms and the rising of the sea level. Heat and temperature would increase which could expose humans to potentially lethal weather. Currently, people can already experience things like heat strokes. Imagine a few decades from now if we continue the path we are

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