Daniel Halliday
Oct 3 · Last update 2 mo. ago.

Should fracking be banned?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is commonly known, is the process forcing high pressure liquid into an oil well to force open deeper and wider fractures in the rock around the well to release more oil and gas. This technology remains controversial as critics argue there is a range of negative impacts of fracking, while the technology has undoubtedly boosted the economy of countries like the United States. What are the major implications of fracking and should it be allowed to take place?
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Yes, The environmental impact of fracking is horrifying
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Yes, The environmental impact of fracking is horrifying

Hydraulic fracturing is bad for the environment, threatening plants and animals, requiring large amounts of water and dangerously polluting it. Fracking maximises the oil and gas industries, contributing to climate change, and can even damage bedrock and cause dangerous subsidence. Despite advocates argue the gas produced by fracking is cleaner than the common alternative – coal, methane is also often released in the process of fracking, maximising the direct impact on the environment and climate, as methane has a much greater effects as a greenhouse gas. Furthermore in the United States, President Trump is now stepping up domestic fracking, while sending the coal that fracking was meant to displace abroad to Europe and China, debunking the claim that fracking will help minimise greenhouse gases and climate change.

theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/10/fracking-earthquakes-oklahoma-colorado-gas-companies blogs.princeton.edu/research/2014/03/26/a-more-potent-greenhouse-gas-than-co2-methane-emissions-will-leap-as-earth-warms-nature

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Hydraulic fracturing is bad for the environment, threatening plants and animals, requiring large amounts of water and dangerously polluting it. Fracking maximises the oil and gas industries, contributing to climate change, and can even damage bedrock and cause dangerous subsidence. Despite advocates argue the gas produced by fracking is cleaner than the common alternative – coal, methane is also often released in the process of fracking, maximising the direct impact on the environment and climate, as methane has a much greater effects as a greenhouse gas. Furthermore in the United States, President Trump is now stepping up domestic fracking, while sending the coal that fracking was meant to displace abroad to Europe and China, debunking the claim that fracking will help minimise greenhouse gases and climate change.
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