Friday, March 2, 2012

What the Fracking Hell!

This is my first post for  WTF Friday's where I take a look at all the eco wrongness going on around the world.

MEANING OF FRACKING: According to the website "Fracking is a technique that involves the injection of millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals underground at a very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formation to extract the natural gas below the surface"

WHERE IS IT HAPPENING? Throughout North America and other parts of the world. But a main place of concern is in Pennsylvania and the New York Region. I came across a New York Times article from November of last year and it was discussing Amwell Township in PA. A small town that is sitting on top of Marcellus Shale Deposit. One of the worlds largest fields of Natural Gas.With the use of  Shale gas this allows the US to be less dependent on foreign oil.......But at what cost??

THE EFFECTS OF FRACKING: There are two major effects of fracking that we should be concerned about. The threat to our drinking supply and the air. Through the process of shale gas extraction there is a lot of water being used and the amount of hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds that pollute the air.
On the All Voices website there is a video of a man lighting his tap water on fire WHAT THE FRACK!!!

Photos via American Progress and Eco News from Australia

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