FRACKING: Drink the Water at Your Own Risk

Fracking is currently used in 90 percent of the U.S.’s natural gas and oil wells. The practice makes drilling possible in areas that 10 to 20 years ago would not have been profitable. Fracking involves injecting water, sand, and a cocktail of chemicals at high pressure into rock formations thousands of feet below the surface. This opens existing fractures in the rock and allows gas to rise through the wells.

The water contamination that results can cause a myriad of health related problems, such as loss of sense of smell, respiratory problems, and other major issues. Fracking also has environmental consequences. Actor, Mark Raffalo, spoke out against fracking in the U.S. Ruffalo pointed out that it can take up to 200 trucks to frack one well, which worsens the pollution problem. “They come through every two minutes and they just trash the place.”

Source: Ecovitality

The current high and rising crude oil prices have made previously unprofitable shale gas extraction a viable proposition.  Natural gas as a fuel is cleaner burning than most other fossil fuels but unfortunately, the how fracking worksmethod of hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) now being used to extract shale gas is devastating to the environment.  Groundwater  pollution where fracking occurs is inevitable.  The proposed shale gas fracking in the Karoo (South Africa) will cause untold environmental damage to a region where water scarcity is a major issue.

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