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The Pros and Cons of Fracking - In today's global economy, energy is one of the most crucial and sought after commodities. Who supplies it and how much they supply determines how much influence they have over other countries as well as the global economy. This is why hydraulic fracturing is currently such an important and controversial topic in the United States. Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as "fracking" or hydrofracturing, is the process of using pressurized liquids to fracture rocks and release hydrocarbons such as shale gas, which burns more efficiently than coal....   [tags: Fracking Essays]
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The Federal Government Should Regulate Fracking - An individual’s environment plays a pivotal role in their overall health. The environment can affect a range of physical and mental processes, and is considered a defining factor of well-being. As a result, specific geographic areas are instrumental in shaping an individual’s health profile. This is clearly seen in the disparity between those living in areas exposed to toxic substances, versus individuals living in clean environments. Individuals in unpolluted environments experience the advantage of a body system free from the barrage of chemical assault....   [tags: hydraulic fracking research paper]
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Fracking: Causing More Harm Than Good - If the question: “what hydraulic fracturing or fracking is?” was asked to the average person, depending on their location their answer could vary. Most likely though most or many people would not know what Fracking truly is but most would say that they have heard at least a little about it from the news. Hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking is a process that occurs after well has been drilled or bored, and the process through use of a perforated casing that injects fracking fluid which travels through the holes and to target zones and soon when the target zones can’t absorb the fluid and pressure is created causing natural gas or oil to flow up to the surface (Hydraulic Fracturing 101...   [tags: Fracking Essays]
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Positive and Negative Effects of Hydraulic Fracking - Hydraulic Fracturing is the cracking of the Marcellus Shale by injecting more than one million gallons of water, sand, and other chemicals at a high pressure into wells that go as far as 10,000 ft. deep. Miners and people who work for gas companies do this to collect the natural gas that shale rock produces. “Fracking” was developed by Haliburton about 60 years ago. This was a big break through because there was a point in time where the United States was considered energy poor. With this relatively new finding, the U.S....   [tags: fracking, energy, natural gas]
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Hydraulic Fracturing: Fracking for a Better World - In recent years there has been great concern over the growing demand for energy, and the lack of non-renewable energy resources to meet the demand in the future. In addition, the question of “sustainability”—the ability to balance social, economic, and environmental needs in energy production to meet both current and long-term requirements—has come to the fore. It is clear that America must expand energy production quickly, and that we must develop renewable, sustainable energy sources to meet long-term demand and protect our future....   [tags: hydrofracking, fracking, fraccing]
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The Problems with Fracking - No Fracking Way Imagine a world where fresh and clear water was a luxury. Imagine water so contaminated with chemicals that every plant it comes into contact with dies. As the trees begin to die, oxygen levels drop. As the vegetation dies, wildlife begins to die out. The polluted water which flows through the ground into wells causes instant contamination. As the water flows out of the sink, one can strike a match and light the liquid on fire. Showering in these chemicals is out of the question....   [tags: Environmentalism, Human Health]
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The Dangers of Fracking - With the age of constant industrial and technological growth has come the necessity for not only cost effective and efficient methods for industry, but also the need for obtaining fuel for the machines that make the modern world possible. Oil has become as precious a commodity as gold, if not more so; its attainments constantly driving the world's largest businesses and governments across the world into action. Naturally, a "quick-fix" solution to this problem is constantly sought after by oil companies wishing to provide oil on a massive scale....   [tags: hydraulic fracturing]
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Fracking Is Ethical - Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from underground by drilling and pumping large amounts of water beneath the Earth to open up natural gas deposits (Banerjee). Countries with large natural gas deposits, such as France and Bulgaria, have already banned the practice of hydraulic fracturing. Though fracking may seem like a new concept, it is not; about one million wells have been fracked since the mid-1900s in America (Brantley). Fracking has only become so controversial recently because the most current proposals have been in more residential areas....   [tags: hydraulic fracturing, natural gas extraction]
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Global Geopolitics of Fracking in Australia - ... However local governments can still be given the accountability of fracking by the general public and therefore fracking is said to disempower local communities (De Rijke 2013). Global Geopolitics of Fracking The success of hydraulic fracturing will have huge geopolitical implications around the world. As the production of shale gas increases, the global price to import fossil fuels will decrease. Countries will a dependence on the production of conventional oil and gas such as the Gulf monarchies and Russia will lose trade and income where as big importers such as China and India will have a lot to gain from an increase in hydraulic fracturing (Blackwill & O’sullivan 2014)....   [tags: fossil fuel, energy demands] 594 words
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Pros and Cons of Fracking - The U.S federal government should significantly increase fracking because oil and gas fracking is big business in America, with more than two million hydraulically fractured wells across the country producing 43 and 67 percent of our national oil and gas outputs, respectively. But in my opinion these wells also nearly played a secondary role as nuclear waste storage sites and had the Atomic Energy Commission had its way with Project Plowshare. And fracking is the process of pumping water deep into the Earth, specifically into underground oil and gas reserves, at tremendous pressures in order to break apart the surrounding rock and free the energy product, which can then be pumped out and use...   [tags: environmental issues, big business] 982 words
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Fuels: Hydraulic Fracking, Yes or No? - From the mining to burning, coal creates large amounts of pollution, and damages the environment. “Clean Coal” is a myth, there is only less dirty coal. This is why fracking should be used to obtain other fuels, which are cleaner. Fracking is a process in which different fluids are pumped into the earth at high pressures to drill a hole. Horizontal fracking is when after they reach a certain depth, the nozzle makes a ninety degree turn to reach areas that were previously unreachable. Once the deposit is reached, the fluid is pumped back out....   [tags: pollution, coal, environment]
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Fracking: Is It Really Damaging the Earth? - ... A person driving a car with a windshield that’s cracked would be preposterous, how would the driver be able to drive safely. Normally a person would replace the windshield but can we replace our ocean floor. The answer is no. Fracking enthusiasts have said that breaking into the ocean floor basically does nothing but awaken the slumbering natural shale gas. Well when a surface cracks, inevitably that crack will expand and spread out through the surface it lies on. Lets go back to 2010 when BP promised and swore that their gas company was completely safe towards the environment....   [tags: energy, green, primary, harmful]
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Taking a Look at Fracking - According to an article on businessweek a because of fracking the areas around the drill locations have seen household incomes rise by $1,200. The energy sector supports 2.1 million jobs which added $75 billion to “federal and state revenues”. Fracking also added $283 billion to the US GDP or gross domestic product. Because of fracking fuel prices will fall which will lead to an increase of 3.5% to industrial production by the end of the decade. These have been some environmental questions about the safety of fracking most of which is the safety of the water and other natural resources....   [tags: oil and natural gas extraction methods] 1302 words
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Fracking and its Effect on the Environment - Oil and natural gas companies have developed a way to drill for natural gas, a process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Natural gas is a flammable gas mixture consisting of methane and several other hydrocarbons that occur naturally underground. Natural gas is used as fuel for heating, cooking, and even in some automobiles like the “RideOn” buses. This technique has only recently become economically feasible with the rising prices of fossil fuels, and there is much potential for recovering natural gas through fracking....   [tags: hydraulic fracturing, argumentative]
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The Controversy that Surrounds the Use of Fracking - The controversy that lies behind the use of 'Fracking' 7.2 Billion people heavily rely on oil in todays world. With such weighty demand comes a substantial amount of pressure for oil firms to extract, and supply hydrocarbons. This is a major reason as to why oil firms are reliant on hydraulic fracturing in order to extract fossil fuels miles beneath the ground. This cycle of demand and supply makes this subject vitally important to research and discuss. This investigation will be based on the controversy that surrounds the use of 'Fracking' (Hydraulic Fracturing)....   [tags: fossil fuel, hydraulic fracturing, hydrovarcbons]
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Fracking and the Halliburton Act - ... Timeline 1865- Lt. Col. Edward A. Roberts introduced the technique of the “exploding torpedo” in the birthplace of the industry Titusville, PA. Which originally used gunpowder but later advanced to using liquid nitroglycerin. The torpedo was made of an iron shell. Inside were 15 to 20 pounds of gunpowder and topped with and explosive cap. The torpedo was lowered in and superincumbent fluid tamping took place. Water was pumped into the well so that it concentrated the explosion down the cracks in the formations....   [tags: natural gas, environment, epa] 1142 words
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The Controversy that Surrounds the Use of Fracking - The Controversy that Surrounds the Use of fracking 7.2 Billion people heavily rely on oil in today's world. With such weighty demand comes a substantial amount of pressure for oil firms to extract, and supply hydrocarbons. This is a major reason as to why oil firms are reliant on hydraulic fracturing in order to extract fossil fuels miles beneath the ground. This cycle of demand and supply makes this subject vitally important to research and discuss. This investigation will be based on the controversy that surrounds the use of fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing)....   [tags: oil, fractures, wells]
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Fracking: A Pathway to Energy Independence - For decades, the United States has struggled to become energy independent. That is, creating enough energy to supply the needs of Americans instead of getting it from less stable countries overseas, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. However, recent technology advances in fracking have made the goal of energy independence realistic and achievable (Biello). Fracking is a drilling technique used to extract natural gas from roughly a mile in the Earth's crust. Progress in mapping as well as mechanical equipment have given fracking companies the ability to drill efficiently and retrieve greater amounts of natural gas....   [tags: drilling, environment, economy]
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Hydraulic Fracking Should Not Be Allowed - Natural gas within shale rock formations is the new energy resource that is on the rise due to the decline of oil reserves in recent years. Though, the benefits of this recent discovery can be economically advantageous for our country’s future. However, we have ignored water and air as a natural resource. These two resources are taken for granted by people all over the world, possibly due to the high abundance of both. Water and our atmosphere are two resources that are essential for life to thrive, and the production of natural gas through hydraulic fracking endangers these resources....   [tags: Natural Gas, Shale Rock Formations, Energy Source]
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The Positive Aspects of Fracking - Imagine a country that could depend solely on itself for energy, a place where energy wasn’t a concern. A country that unveiled an untouched, vast amount of energy that may be harnessed and used to create a legacy. The way this opportunity has presented itself, was through the courageous acts of many gas companies using a process called fracking. Through the use of hydraulic fracking, companies have created millions of jobs for people all across America. The problem is extremists and environmentalists want to bring this process to a halt, due to chemicals causing “harm” to the environment....   [tags: Energy Expansion, Chemicals]
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Extracting Gas and Oil: Fracking - ... Particularly, Spain has joined them in this dangerous action, allowing more and more exploitations be done each year. It seems that the profitability of fracking has more supporters with time. Above all, politicians from the right such as PP, CiU or UPyD, have favoured it, while the leftist parties like PSOE or “Izquierda Plural” are against it. It is criticized that even in the most dangerous and problematic circumstances it is allowed to put in practice this method. This leads us to one question: Do politicians from the right care more about money than about the dangers of hydraulic extraction....   [tags: environment, chemicals, harmful] 838 words
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Fracking the World: The Marcellus Shale - ... The process was first used in the late 1940’s by Stanolind oil and Gas Company, but it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that new age technology was developed to make hydraulic fracturing more possible and side way or horizontal drilling for easier access to the natural gas that was trapped in the shale rock. Over the years hydraulic fracturing wells have been showing up all over the world. It wasn’t until recent years that it has been a main focus of concern for environmentalist. Although the main stream media has focused mostly on reporting the concerns of the mechanical aspects of the drilling process itself, and its possible impacts that it has on the environment and personal safety....   [tags: natural gas, oil, drilling process]
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The Harm Caused By Hydraulic Fracking - The year 1821 marked history when William Hart dug the first successful natural gas well. Since then, natural gas has become a vital part in heating and cooling homes, cooking, and powering automobiles. Natural gas is also a useful tool in manufacturing products, such as glass or polyethylene. This hydrocarbon energy source is twenty-seven percent of the total energy consumption in the United States alone (EIA, U.S. energy consumption by major fuel type). However, it is not just one big pocket of black gold, oil and gas are in thousands of little pockets underground....   [tags: gas, chemicals, water] 937 words
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Taking a Look at Fracking - Fracking in the natural gas community is a vital part of the recovery of natural gas. Fracking is a controversial subject right now; some environmentalists believe that fracking is detrimental for the environment, although some people believe that fracking is a necessity for the future of fuel. In other words, until the human race finds a better and more renewable fuel, such as wind, solar, geothermal, or nuclear. Fracking for natural gas could offset the United States oil consumption by one third, but all these fuels are a small percent of the energy being produced now....   [tags: natural gas recovery techniques] 1538 words
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Fracking: The Water Problem - Ever since the process of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—made its entrance to the oil industry, issues and problems surrounding the process have become a common occurrence. Fracking is the controversial process of horizontal drilling (see fig. 1), where millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals are pumped deep into an oil well to extract natural gas from the earth’s crust (Ehrenberg 20). This practice has even been banned in some places (see fig. 1). The methane that comes out of the earth and the water used—called fracking fluid—has the potential to cause problems with local ground water supplies....   [tags: Toxic Compounds, Oil Industry]
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Cement and Hydraulic Fracking - Within the past year the growing topic of discussion in Southern Illinois has been hydraulic fracking. Simply put, hydraulic fracking is “a process in which fractured rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil.” (“hydraulic fracking”, dictionary.com) Hydraulic fracking, as with any other topic, has both positives and negatives. Although this is hardly new, it is continuously growing and so is the controversy surrounding it....   [tags: natural gases, oil, hydrocarbons]
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Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing - Fracking The process of fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is the act of oil and gas getting blasted with huge amounts of water mixed with many chemicals deep into a gas reservoir. Fracking splits the formations of the rocks to allow the oil and gas extractions. Hydraulic fracturing was first used in Kansas 1947 (Fracturing in Cali) Since then, fracking had became a regular practice to getting rid of unrecoverable reserves, or to stimulate production from oil wells in the United States of America....   [tags: chemicals, oil, gas]
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The Effects of Fracking on the Environment - ... As pointed out previously, contaminated water toward the end of the hydraulic fracturing process is introduced back into the ground. Unfortunately, this can have a profound effect with conventional production for the petroleum sector within the nation’s critical infrastructures. Common sense seems to dictate if water is contaminated from hydraulic fracturing processes it would have an effect on conventional oil refining processes, particularly if its placed back in the ground for reuse during refining....   [tags: obtaining natural gas procedures] 925 words
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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Hydraulic Fracking - “The United States is home to what some estimate to be the largest known shale gas reserves in the world. According to the oil and gas industry, natural gas, which is often referred to as the “bridge fuel”, contributes to the country’s energy transition from coal to renewable energy sources like wind and solar” (Grace Communications Foundation, 2014) . In recent years, and in lieu of the depleting fossil fuels, natural gas use has soared but so has the controversy surrounding the environmental health, the public health, and the benefits of how the natural gas reserves are not only obtained but accessed....   [tags: environment, health, fuel]
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Fracking: Extracting Natural Gas - Introduction: Environmental and socioeconomic debate over an alternative method of extracting natural gas thousands of feet below the surface using horizontal drilling and hydraulic “fracking” has risen in last twenty years. Fracking is the technique of drilling deep wells under high pressure with sand, water and a variety of chemicals to crack open rocks to release natural gas (hydrogen carbons) and oil from shale or coal bed methane deposits. Townships in Colorado like Lafayette and Fort Collins, voted on a moratorium to ban fracking within city limits....   [tags: environment, oil, gas]
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Natural Gas Fracking Risks - Natural gas is said to be one of the most popular forms of energy today. In the past, often left undeveloped and wasted, it was once considered “unusable” and “worthless”, compared to oil. In order to try to break our country’s dependence on foreign oil supplies, we have begun to dip into our own natural gas supply. Natural gas is found underground, and is produced when trapped gas is released above ground. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a process that extracts natural gas from the ground....   [tags: Safe Drinking Water Act, Drilling Areas]
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Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking - Hydraulic fracturing is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer by a pressurized fluid. Fracking is one such highly dynamic source of getting natural gas.The technique is used to increase or restore the rate which fluids, such as oil, gas or water, can be produced from the formation. By creating or restoring fractures, the surface area of the formation exposed to the borehole is increased and the fracture provides a conductive path connecting the reservoir to the well, which effectively increases the rate that fluids can be produced from the reservoir formationsIt cannot be denied that people and governments need this resource in wake of technology changes....   [tags: natural gal exploitation] 830 words
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Risk Reward and Fracking - Risk Reward “Fracking provides a source of energy that is not only new but also relatively clean, cheap, without political strings” (www.economist.com, 2014, para. 3). In the article “The Petrostate of America” the debate about fracking, the energy boom throughout the world, and what decisions the U.S. government along with President Obama should make on deciding to lift the ban on exportation of crude oil and restrictions on getting permits to export natural gas are starting to heat up. There are many topics in the article that focus on key principle and indices of economics and based on the decision made by our leaders could possibly determine our fate in an economy that is trying to rebu...   [tags: Source of Energy, Energy Boom, United States]
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Fracking Causes Water Concerns - Fracking Causes Water Concerns Texas is the leading domestic producer of oil and gas (Allen 489), even above the state of Alaska, and is responsible for thirty percent of the nation’s output. Hydro- Fracturing or “fracking” is the latest trend in oil and natural gas recovery. This industry is creating jobs and wealth at on obscene rate and will possibly lead the way for independence from foreign fuel sources (Davis 179-180). Despite the downsides to this industry‘s use of water and toxic chemicals....   [tags: oil and gas extraction/exploitation]
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Hydraulic Fracturing: Fracking - I became interested in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking”, after watching the documentary Gasland II. It chronicled the experiences of those who inhabit areas in proximity to active fracking wells in Pennsylvania. Detailing how their lives had been affected by the drilling. Focusing primarily on water contamination and illnesses that potentially could be linked to the chemicals used in the drilling process. By the end, I had questions about the actual process and what chemicals were used....   [tags: natural gas, geothermal energy]
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What the Frack? Understanding Both Sides of the Fracking Controversy - Is harming the environment ever justified. What if there was a way to develop a natural resource but you harmed the environment in the process, would that be fine. As a matter of fact there is a new innovative way to acquire a natural resource, natural gas, but the process brings as many risks as benefits. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process where shale rocks are fractured in order to release natural gas by puncturing and injecting fluid into the ground at high pressures. This procedure is very important because it provides us with abundances of natural gas, which is a fossil fuel that can provide many benefits to us especially now that we are lacking natural, alternative fossil...   [tags: chemicals, gas, water] 862 words
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Fracking: Not a New Technology in Hydrocarbon Fuel Exploitation - To frack or not to frack, is the question that is heavily debated in Colorado. Many might think that fracking and oil and natural gas production in Colorado is a relatively new process, but it has actually been around for many decades. The industry has provided 110,000 jobs to the citizens of Colorado making gas and oil production very important to our state. Even though oil and natural gas have brought jobs and revenue to Colorado, the citizens of Colorado are much divided when it comes to fracking and how it effects our environment....   [tags: oil and natural gas production in Colorado]
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Increasing the Evidence for Health Implications of Hydraulic Fracking in Maryland - The lack of knowledge about the health effects from hydraulic fracking was one of the main reasons that the Maryland legislature originally decided to place a de facto moratorium for the state. Maryland placed a moratorium in the hope of gaining more knowledge and data about both the short and long-term health effects before the decision deadline. Under the order of Governor O’Malley, the Maryland Safe-Drilling Advisory Commission was created to “determine whether and how Marcellus gas production can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment and natural resources”....   [tags: chemicals, recommendations, data]
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Fracking: A Controversial Method for Extracting Natural Gas - One of the fuels commonly used today is natural gas. Natural gas can be harvested through hydro-fracturing or fracking shale, a type of sedimentary rock. The natural gas is harvested by drilling wells deep into the shale and releasing the natural gas trapped inside. Natural gas has become increasingly important recently and as a result there has been an increased focus on attaining the natural gas through fracking. However, there has been an increasing amount of backlash about the effects that fracking has on water supplies, livestock (including animals used for food) public concerns and safety....   [tags: environmental consequences]
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Is America Fracking Crazy? - In a highly advanced society such as the one we find ourselves in today, advancements in technology itself and the processes it involves are constantly being innovated. Presently, one of the major technological concerns is to find alternative ways to harness cheap energy in order to keep our society running. In the past it has been discovered that the previous forms of energy that we used such as oil and coal, were harmful to the environment.  Because of this, the recent development of natural gas extraction from shale rock, by the means of hydraulic fracturing has been discovered....   [tags: Contaminate Water Supplies]
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Conventional Oil, Biofuels, and Fracking: A Comprehensive Comparison - Conventional Oil, Biofuels, and Fracking: A Comprehensive Comparison. As our knowledge of energy resources increases, the potential risks and rewards of each become increasingly evident for us. With these revelations also comes an even greater deal of questions as to which is the more feasible, sustainable, and environmentally beneficial option to pursue. The past century has seen our world’s energy portfolio dominated by conventional oil, which has proven to be as precious a commodity as it is an environmental detriment....   [tags: hydrocarbon exploitation] 1503 words
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Wind Power: Giving Back to the Environment - The western plains of North Dakota have recently experienced a boom of a great magnitude. The oil industry has found great success from fracking in the region. This Fracking is producing considerable amounts of oil and natural gas. Although the region has seen great wealth from these fossil fuels we need to remember that they are pumping great amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere which is essentially destroying our environment. Taking care of our environment has come to the forefront of the power industry lately....   [tags: Fracking Essays]
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Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water - I have many serious concerns about high volume horizontal hydrofracturing in tight shale formations. This paper will focus on the cumulative effects of this process on drinking water and specifically on the repeated fracturing of each well over its productive life. Although there has been considerable experience with hydrofracturing in conventional oil and gas fields for many years, the process currently used in tight shale formations is relatively new and vastly different. Hydrofracking in conventional fields, if done at all, is typically performed either at the initial completion of a well or as a means of secondary recovery late in the well’s life....   [tags: Fracking Essays] 850 words
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Resolved that Fracking for Natural Gas from Shale Formations Will Be Banned in the US - Definition of Terms According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fracking, or Hydraulic Fracturing is a method used to extract underground resources including oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy by injecting high pressure fluid into a geologic formation containing oil or natural gas deposits. The high pressure fluid opens up existing fractures and creates new fracture systems that allow the resources that were once trapped to move more freely into a production well for further extraction....   [tags: environmental issues and policies]
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Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas Extraction - The oil and gas industries have been using certain technologies to make underground fossil fuels accessible through the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drilling of rock formations. Fracking is the process by which water, sand, and numerous chemicals are injected into wells under high pressure to extract natural gases out of the cracks that have been created in the shale rocks deep under the surface. Fracking is an attempt to lower the economic costs that a need for fossil fuels causes (Cooley, 2012)....   [tags: fracking, fossill fuel industry] 749 words
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Filling the Void: Hydraulic Fracturing - Hydraulic fracturing, also commonly referred to as fracking, is a type of drilling for natural gas and oil that started in the 1940’s. In the beginning, when a well was slowing down, dynamite or TNT were placed inside the well head and detonated to help the flow of gas and oil by expanding natural cracks and veins in the earth. This method of fracking was used extensively for almost fifty years in the United States until the easy to mine and profitable oil had been almost completely tapped. A new form of hydraulic fracking was created in the early 90’s to help capture the less available oil and gas pockets remaining in the United States....   [tags: drilling for natural gas, fracking] 1272 words
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Pros and Cons of Natural Gas Drilling in the Drillers Are Coming by Mark Fischetti - In his article The Drillers Are Coming Mark Fischetti examines the pros and cons of the natural gas drilling procedure known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking. He also discusses the Marcellus formation, a shale deposit that stretches from New York to Tennessee (Fischetti, 2010). According to the article, the Marcellus formation could potentially provide the United States with enough natural gas for the next 40 years if consumption rates stay at the present rates (Fischetti, 2010). Fischetti discusses the current political pressures to achieve energy dependence from overseas countries and mentions that natural gas could be a cleaner alternative to coal....   [tags: procedure, fracturing, fracking, formation]
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Current Status of Hydraulic Fracturing - Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as Fracking, has become a major issue in current years. Water table and air pollution are the most prevalent concerns as the 21st century dawns. Countries around the world have to balance out the economic and environmental benefits of burning natural gas as a fuel source rather than oil and coal with the dangers of polluting the world’s water ways and the air that we breathe. Millions of dollars have already been poured into the research and development of burning natural gas, and millions if not billions more are sure to be pushed into this blooming industry should it prove profitable....   [tags: fracking, environment, pollution]
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The Three Main Soures Of Energy - ... Solar energy is not universal because different areas of the world get different amounts of sunlight. Solar energy may not offer the best solution: there distractions, they have high environmental costs and they have a large outlay of cash. There can be contamination from radio activation saved used to make solar panels. (Hinder 1-4) Installation is expensive being $80,000 for a three bedroom after the federal rebate. The angle of the roof, percentage of sunlight and the area of the country all play a part in the effect of how much it will cost to install....   [tags: wind, solar, fracking energy] 748 words
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Peer Review Work Abour Support for Hydraulic Fracturing - The question of whether or not hydraulic fracturing increases the likelihood of harm to the environment, and to humans has come to light. The negative effects that fracking poses is dwarfed by both its current and projected benefits. For instance, Terry Engelders and Thomas Merill have written peer reviewed work about their support for fracking. In this paper, I will explain the main points that the two authors make in selected articles, improve their points by relating the authors main points, and lastly conclude with a concise summary of the main points and how the main points apply in a general context....   [tags: terry engelders, fracking, thomas merill]
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Does Hydraulic Fracturing Cause Seismic Activity? - The United States has an immense amount of proven natural gas reserves that could become a major source for the nation's energy future (1). The mining of the natural gas resources have become feasible and cheaper due to the advancement of hydraulic fracturing technologies which have increased the amount the extraction and enabled “greater access to gas in shale formations” (2). Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking of shale formations has positive benefits that includes economic growth and the natural gas extracted is cleaner than coal and oil, however it has caused serious environmental problems and possibly could be the cause of recent seismic activity in areas where fracking operations exist...   [tags: gas, resources, energy, fracking, growth]
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Buisness Context on Energy Companies - In this assignment the topics comprise of Fracking and Stakeholders involvement, Supply and Demand and how that is effected through increase in energy prices. Also a detailed depiction of Carroll’s Model and how energy companies utilize this. As a final point a detailed reflective statement is needed, and the focus is how government involvement impacts on the supply and price of energy to businesses. Fracking is the procedure of piercing down into the ground before a water mix is directed at the rock to discharge the gas inside....   [tags: fracking, stakeholder, supply, prices, government] 1694 words
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Analyzing the Galsand II Film - My event was the viewing of Gasland II, this film was about the effects of hydraulic fracturing drilling aka "fracking". Fracking is the pumping down of millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth which cracks rock and releases gas (). In the film Josh Fox travels around the USA talking to people about how fracking has effected their lives and homes. He found out that fracking taints* water sources near drilling sites, this has horrific effects of domestic water supplies, making the water not only undrinkable and in most cases flammable....   [tags: effects of hydraulic fracturing aka 'fracking'] 709 words
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Health Effects on Humans of Fracking - Human Health and Hydraulic Fracturing Current research, in the field of public health, is looking at the adverse health effects of hydraulic fracturing on community members. This research is focused on looking for evidence-based research in processes, procedures, materials and cleanup from drilling and running a well. In recent years, several states such as Maryland and New York, have called for special advisory commissions to examine the potential adverse health implications for the community if the moratoriums are lifted and fracturing is allowed to start....   [tags: Human Health, Hydraulic Fracturing, Research]
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Hydraulic Fracturing: The Future of America’s Energy - Hydraulic Fracturing, also known as fracking, is not a novel concept. The hope of being able to access fossil fuels trapped inside layers of shale deep beneath the Earth’s surface was achieved by the process of fracking, developed in 1903 (energyindepth.com). Over the last century, hydraulic fracturing has become an efficient and environmentally friendly way to access the natural gas needed to meet the United States’ high demands. With the condition of the environment rapidly deteriorating, the process of hydraulic fracturing is being questioned....   [tags: Energy ]
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Hydraulic Fracturing Must be Reformed - The multi-billion dollar gas industry is seeking to expand its production across the nation, in light of new technology making extracting natural gas much easier. A Healthy alternative to the fossil fuels we so frivolously use is now more critical than ever. In 2011, the United States used 18.83 million barrels of raw oil daily, and in 2010 19.18 million barrels of petroleum products and biofuels. In 2010 and 2011, that was nearly 22% of the world’s oil supply. (U.S Department of Energy) Previously inaccessible areas in the Marcellus Shale region of the United States, stretching from West Virginia to New York, are being unearthed by a controversial method of extracting natural gas, called h...   [tags: Energy, Gas Industry]
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Risk and Economics in The United States vs. China - Introduction The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters (Zuckerman, 2013) and The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Lewis, 2011) are two books that each tell a story of how normal citizens in a capitalist society became incredibly successful. In The Frackers, Zuckerman tells the story of oil and gas wildcatters that changed the face of the American energy market. These bold wildcatters pioneered a new method of extracting oil and gas known as fracking. Fracking had been considered to be impractical by established names in the oil and gas industry due to its high cost....   [tags: Frackers, Capitalism, Communism]
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The Ethical Issues Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing - ... All the farmers owning mineral rights will be financially rewarded by the gas industry leasing those rights (Potter & Rashid, 2013). The fact that natural resources continuous to dwindle is obvious, therefore the need for sustainable energy from alternative resources is completely understandable. Natural gas in the Karoo has raised several optimism regarding the abundance that has been found, however several ethical issues raises when drilling natural gas. When the process of drilling takes place there is a possibility for methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, to escape and leak into the atmosphere which will of course add to global warming....   [tags: technology, natural resources] 666 words
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What is Hydrofracking? - What is Hydrofracking. Shale rock is sedimentary rock formed some 400 million years ago. Within it the shale rock has something more valuable the most precious gold. In this Marcus shale is natural gas. Natural gas is a large commodity which industries amount to ~$385 billion in the US (“U.S. Natural Gas Benefits”) and supplies millions of homes with energy and heat around the world. Slick water Hydraulic Fracturing, or known as “fracking,” is a process by which natural gas is extracted from shale rock....   [tags: Shale Rock, Sedimentary Rock, Natural Gas]
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The United States Energy Industry - ... Hydraulic fracturing stimulates wells drilled into these formations, making profitable otherwise prohibitively expensive extraction. Within the past decade, the combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has opened up shale deposits across the country and brought large-scale natural gas drilling to new regions. As the number of companies using the high-volume hydraulic fracturing process has expanded, so too has the scale of chemical activity. The long-term health and environmental effects of injecting large volumes of small concentrations of chemicals at this scale are uncertain and hotly debated....   [tags: natural gas, drilling methods] 1429 words
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Energy Sources: Hydraulic Fracturing - ... It was invented in the 1940s, but was not very popular until 2003. It was invented as a new way to collect natural gas. Before hydraulic fracturing, shale gas only supplied 1% of the U.S.’s natural gas, but now it supplies about 30%. It wasn’t controversial until 2008 when environmental groups found out about it, and the anti-fracking movement began. Even though it isn’t particularly environmentally friendly, fracking is one of the most effective ways to obtain natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing has created positive and negative impacts in today’s society....   [tags: gas, oil, hydroelectric power] 654 words
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Limitations and Drought - Limitations Writer Mike Lee of the Bloomberg News wrote an article about the use of water consumption in a Texas drought. After an intense drought in Texas, government officials for the first time, is limiting water consumption on natural gas producers. State regulators in Texas say 85 percent of drilled wells are being used towards fracking. Residents have voiced their concerns to the drilling companies saying fracking is contaminating their water and a few areas are concerned that fracking is using all of the water in that area (Lee)....   [tags: Water Consumption, Texas Drought, Water]
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Ethical Issues Concerning Hydraulic Fracturing in the Petroleum Industry. - Ethical Issues Concerning Hydraulic Fracturing in the Petroleum Industry. In these present days we have a lot of ethical issue in our day to day living going from conflict of interest all the way up to cutting corners in the petroleum industry. A good example of an ethical issue would be why fracking is bad, which I find to be very dangerous and could lead to various disasters such as loss of life, danger to the community and thereby leading to bad credibility. In this paper I would be talking about Fracking and why it is bad, because like I stated before it is a very delicate issue and must be treated with great importance....   [tags: Ethical Issues, Conflict of Interest, Petroleum]
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Natural Gas: The Last Hope for Fossil Fuels - ... With coal and oil creating a bad reputation for fossil fuels with their high carbon dioxide emissions and high cost for use and importing, natural gas will have to break down those stereotypical barriers and prove it is the last hope for fossil fuel production. As if worrying about CO2 emissions in the air from coal was not enough, the public is concerned about natural gas becoming the new coal, because of the methane emissions. This assumption comes from the global-warming epidemic, stating that CO2 and methane are the most troublesome gases that contribute to the temperature and climate effects in the atmosphere....   [tags: methane, carbon dioxide emissions] 617 words
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