Friday, August 30, 2013

Fracking: friend or foe?

Fracking has been in the news a lot lately and has stirred many debates. Many people are opposed to fracking, however many people believe this activity has its valid merits.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process where a mixture of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock inside a well at high pressure to allow the trapped gas to flow to the surface. This process allows millions of people in North America access to natural gas which is relatively clean-burning, cheap and abundant. We also can’t forget how fracking creates jobs and enriches local economies. So why all the fuss and negativity about fracking?

It turns out that fracking is not such a hero when it comes to the environment and our health. The drastic interference to the rock beneath us can contaminate drinking water in surrounding cities, pollute the air and our bodies, and may even cause earthquakes.

A recent online poll on has surfaced asking if fracking should be banned. Which side are you on?

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