Fracking the World

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Natural gas, new age, cutting edge, right here in America. The Marcellus Shale an area in America that spans over Southern New York, a huge part of Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, West Virginia, parts of Maryland and Virginia. There are a few other areas here in America such as Texas that natural gas can be found, but Marcellus Shale is the winner. It’s the underground landmine a means for the United States of America to not be so dependent on overseas oil. Natural gas burns cleaner then that of crude oil. It warms houses, lights up your barbeque, and fuels buses in major cities. The list goes on, there is even ways to turn natural gas into fuel for your vehicle. As wonderful as that might sound the questions are, at what cost to our health and continued wellbeing? Why are gas companies given special accommodations not to have to follow through with laws that have already been passed and lastly is the benefits of fracking for natural gas worth all the damage it is causing? To better understand the points I am hoping to make with this research paper, you must first have a general idea of what Hydraulic fracturing is and its process. “Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a technique for tapping unconventional oil and gas reserves that are otherwise inaccessible. In the early 2000s, energy companies began combining horizontal (or directional) drilling with hydraulic fracturing to tap these reserves. The process involves drilling horizontally through a rock layer and injecting a pressurized mixture of water, sand, and other chemicals that fractures the rock and facilitates the flow of oil and gas”. (Boudet) Fracking has been around for almost 80 years. The process was first used in the late 1940’s by Stanolind oil and Gas Company, but... ... middle of paper ... ... then if more evidence does arise they will continue to argue how it isn’t their fault or will offer to settle because the oil companies don’t want to have to go public trial. The number of families that have settled in the past is unknown because when you do settle with the company you have to sign a non-Discloser contract “If physicians suspect a link between symptoms and the toxic chemicals and compounds in the fracking fluid the companies would allow the physicians to learn the composition of those “trade secrets” But, there was a catch. The physician would have to sign an agreement not to disclose the composition or the cause of illness to anyone, including the patient, medical specialist, or a public worker.” (Brasch)That statement alone for me shows guilt if there was nothing to be concerned with there would be no need for this kind of non-discloser act.
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