The Pros And Cons Of Fracking

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Register to read the introduction… Atomic Energy Agency in 1967 had an idea to explode a nuclear bomb to unleash the gas, though that idea died quickly and a new one was made by Halliburton Corporation (Armstrong, Rachel.) They came up with an idea of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The process of fracking is taking anywhere from five to seven million gallons of water laced with sand and a startling menu of poisonous chemicals to crack the shale rock and release the methane gas trapped inside of it (Bowman, Charlie.) Essentially 'bombing' the shale with the massive pressures from pushing the sand and chemical laced water a mile or so down a well bore into the shale (Bowman, Charlie.) But fracking companies don’t just get their methane gas, they not only get their millions of gallons of wastewater back up with it. This water contains all the chemicals that the fracking companies can disclose, such as: Hydrochloric Acid, Formic Acid, Methanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Quaternary Ammonium Chloride and many, many more (What Chemicals Are …show more content…
France – the first country to ban fracking on June 30, 2011 voted 176 to 151 to ban fracking (Fracking.) Vermont, May of 2012 was the first state to ban fracking. Bulgaria was the second country to ban fracking in January of 2012, Bulgarian MPs voted overwhelmingly for a ban on fracking because of huge street protests by environmentalists (Fracking.) April of 2011 South Africa calls halt to fracking (Fracking.) They decided to stop the development until the ecological consequences have been studied (Fracking.) Fracking has been suspended in New South Wales and Australia (Fracking.) Since March of 2012 Eastern Canada shows concern about fracking even though 70% of all gas wells in Canada now use fracking, the treatments remains controversial to the government (Fracking.) Quebec put a freeze on fracking while Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are confined by public backlashes, giving the idea of fracking very unappealing at a political standpoint …show more content…
Also, the water begins to bubble and hiss or fizz like soda, from the methane, causing it to actually ignite if contacted with sparks or fire (What is Fracking?). People living within a half-mile of oil and gas well fracking operations were exposed to air pollutants five times above a federal hazard standard, according to a new Colorado study (What is Fracking?.) Ozone-forming air pollution measured along the Colorado Front Range by scientists is up to twice the amount that government regulators have calculated should exist, according to a new study and Thomas Shelley, a chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist said, drilling activity and traffic create high levels of dust, and methane from venting and flaring contributes to the air pollution (What is fracking?.) These chemicals may combine with nitrogen oxides to form a ground level ozone. The researchers pinpoint oil and gas development as the main source (What is

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