The Environmental Effects Of Fracking And The Environment And The Environment

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Fracking can be devastating to the environment and the health of the community that lives near any fracking operation. There have been many cases documented where families that either live near a fracking site or that have even allowed fracking companies to frack on their land, having unusual symptoms that are related back to fracking. These symptoms can be but not limited to fatigue, burning eyes, dermatologic irritation, headaches, upper respiratory problems and many more. Along with these health risks that fracking causes directly, there are other long term harms that fracking contributes to. Air pollution is one of them, when you burn natural gas that is extracted by means of fracking you are releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. …show more content…
Currently 36% of the U.S. energy consumption is derived from petroleum, 26% from natural gas, 20% from coal, and 8% from nuclear sources, with only 9% being from renewable resources, such as wind and solar power. Ongoing development of all energy sources are still being done and that includes ongoing development of fracking. The U.S. as a nation has a very high energy demand and the burning of fossil fuels allows us to meet that demand, although it is critical that the human and ecological health threats of fracking be better understood and …show more content…
Even though our need for energy is high and the harvesting and burning of fossil fuels is a must to meet that need, it is vital to our existence that we continue our research and development of renewable energy like that of solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. If we continue to burn fossil fuels we will continue to pollute the air and global warming will have a devastating impact on the world. If we don’t start implementing more renewable resources as sources of energy, fracking will continue to grow and expand, creating even more health issues for everyone living within proximity of the fracking sites. As well as continuing to contaminate our water supplies by release methane and other harmful chemicals into them through the harvesting of natural

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