The Pros And Cons Of Fracking

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Every day millions of Americans use tons of natural gas each and every day. I for one have always wondered where and how we would obtain natural gas. Then one day in my high school earth space class hydraulic fracturing was brought to my attention. What is hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”often asked, well it is the process used in natural gas wells in the United States, where millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart the shale rock and release the gas for humans to use. Some may say is it really worth the use of millions of gallons of water and possibly polluting the earth just for some natural gas, I think so. Others on the other hand think it is a great way to boost the economy by creating jobs and a alternative fuel source, it is even better and safer to burn for fuel. Fracking has many cons, but there are some pros that might just sway you. First off I am going to give you a little background just on how fracking works. Vertical wells are drilled through many layers of the earth exceeding ten thousand feet down just to reach the shale rock so we can obtain the natural gases within. The drilling is then shifted horizontally, where a massive tube will be placed so that it can act as a waterway for the millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand so we can fracture the rock to obtain the fuel we need. At some wells they will use dynamite to blast a whole or loosen up some of the bedrock to make it easier to drill into the earth.This may also cause a fracture in the rock so this also helps in the process of obtaining the gas. With that being said there are both pros and cons to fracking. Many people say the cons outweigh the pros, so we will start with the cons first. There ... ... middle of paper ... ...ght now is a very important topic that needs to be addressed first. I can not deny that having more jobs out there is a huge benefit for the United States. I have never really been a green person but here is my chance to be by using an alternative fuel that burns cleaner and we'll have less of a dent in my pocket when I am older. I do think that it is bad for the environment but I do believe that the pros weigh out the cons in the short run. Also in the long run it could play a giant factor in our ability to not have to rely on other nations for energy. We as a nation could become totally energy dependent which in the future could be our only choice. I also would have to say that my father being a huge pro natural gas man and definitely influenced my choice in this topic as well. My dad runs a plumbing a heating supply company in Chicago and the heating part of his

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