With the Environmental Protection Agency’s new requirements that reduce air pollution, do you support fracking?
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Fracking, a drilling technique to produce natural gas, remains one of the most controversial energy issues in recent years. Supporters claim that fracking has led to a large increase in natural gas production that is far cleaner than coal, decreased dependency on foreign oil and jobs creation. Critics claim, however, there are significant potential harms to the environment and public health, particularly with regard to groundwater contamination and cancer-causing chemicals and greenhouse gases that are released into the air.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions caused by fracking, but don’t address the potential health detriments. Some environmental groups believe the new rules are a good first step, but others claim they aren’t enough.
Click here to see the EPA's announcement on the new regulations: http://1.usa.gov/J06E3D
What exactly is fracking? Wikipedia explains it like this:
Hydraulic fracturing is the widening of fractures in a rock layer caused by the high-pressure injection of chemicals with water. Hydraulic fractures form naturally, as in the case of veins or dikes, and industrial fracturing widens or creates fractures to speed up the migration of gas and petroleum from source rocks to reservoir rocks. This process is used to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas and coal seam gas), or other substances for extraction, via a technique called induced hydraulic fracturing. This type of fracturing, known colloquially as a 'frac job', creates fractures from a wellbore drilled into reservoir rock formations.
The environmental impact of the oil shale industry includes the consideration of issues such as land use, waste management, and water and air pollution caused by the extraction and processing of oil shale. Surface mining of oil shale deposits causes the usual environmental impacts of open-pit mining. In addition, the combustion and thermal processing generate waste material, which must be disposed of, and harmful atmospheric emissions, including carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. Experimental in-situ conversion processes and carbon capture and storage technologies may reduce some of these concerns in future, but may raise others, such as the pollution of groundwater.
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