Sep 14 2010

What is fracking?

Category: Energy & Fuel


Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is the high pressure injection of fluid and sand into rock formations within a well to increase the production and output of oil and natural gas. The major objection to this process is that after the fracturing occurs some potentially hazardous chemicals remain abandoned after the well stops producing. These chemicals that may include biocides, diesel fuel, acids, metals, and corrosion inhibitors may contaminate nearby groundwater reserves. Hydraulic fracturing is often implemented just after a well has been drilled, although many wells are re-fractured several times after a well becomes active.

Fracking Fact Sheet


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