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Should Fracking Be Banned for Oil and Gas Drilling? Get the Real Facts

March 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 132

Before we jump into conclusions and make a decision about if fracking should be banned or not, it is important that we must understand what it is all about. Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into the formations of shale rock at great pressure to spilt the rock to release the gas.

There have been a lot of concerns about whether or not it should be implemented or if alternative methods should be employed to dig out the gas from rocks. It has also been noticed that many companies claim that fracking is not bad, while others come up with a lot of reports showing that the process is dangerous.

Based on these reports, we can summarize a few of the dangers of fracking:

· In the process of fracking, chemicals emitted are toxic. They can contaminate the water and cause health hazards.

· In fracking, hazardous wastewater is produced. It can contain toxic chemicals, and radioactive substances. The disposal of wastewater is potentially unsafe and may be difficult for industries to handle it effectively. It can be dangerous to the environment as well as mankind.

· The process of fracking requires tons of water and local water suppliers may face scarcity of water.

· Natural gas can be migrated to water sources in the process of fracking, causing wells and houses to explode. This can be very dangerous for human beings.

· There are various real time documented cases of contaminated water around drilling sites all over the world.

Above mentioned are the general cases of dangers of fracking. We must not ignore other facts about this process. One of the most important points to be noted here is that scientists do not have much understanding about how much methane gas gets emitted from gas drilling at the site.

Also, it might not be easy for them to understand the total effects of the fracking process on the surroundings. More in-depth research is required to actually know the impact of fracking on mankind, animals and environment. It is also not known what compounds are used by companies to carry out fracking which also affects the amount of toxins.

Despite these concerns, people who live near these sites have faced its impact. We need to listen to what experts would say in this regard. There are safe ways to deploy fracking into oil and gas drilling, such as safe waste accumulation and approved methods of getting rid of it. Also, governments must take preventive measures for the safety of human beings even if there are just a few adverse effects.

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