May 21, 2013 at 09:00 AM EDT
The Case Against Fracking
Hydraulic fracturing , or “fracking”, has become one of the fastest-growing methods for tapping into abundant shale reserves held within the U.S. The process works by pumping fracturing fluids-like slickwater, gel or foam–into a wellbore at a sufficient enough rate to fracture the rocks below. When these fractures occur, the operator injects proppants into the well to prevent the fractures from closing when the fluid pressure is reduced. And finally, oil and gas leak from the fractures into the well for extraction. But the revolutionary process is not without its drawbacks, as many criticize the side effects caused from fracking. Below, we outline the case against fracking and why a number of people have rallied against this rapidly-developing energy extraction method [for more fracking news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter ]. See the full story here → Related Posts: Natural Gas Catching Fire A Visualization Of U.S. Crude Oil Consumption How Big Oil Is Drilling For Cheap Bloomberg’s Most Influential People in Finance – Who’s Connected to Commodities 5 Of The Biggest Oil Finds In History
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