The Fracking Fallacy

A fleeting fix for oils demands.

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   During President Barack Obama’s 2012 term, hydraulic fracturing was proposed as a solution to the ever persistent oil issue, and unemployment (it created nearly 600,000 jobs). Fracking has helped to successfully drive the cost of gas in the United States, but at what cost?

   “Fracking” is the one of the most expensive methods of oil production, ultimately leading to the vast destruction on lands, companies, and peoples way of life. Not to mention it contributes to the destabilizing of geopolitical relations, leading to senseless overproduction, and creates negative global market competitions.

The resource is retrieved by drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure, to fracture shale rocks, allowing the release of natural gas. Fracking has been known to contaminate ground water, deplete fresh water, increase methane; there are rural towns in middle America that have basically had to relocate because of toxic conditions as a result of fracking, emissions, trigger earthquakes, etc. In addition to contaminating fresh water, it requires on average anywhere from 1 to 8 million gallons of the seemingly scarce resource to satisfy one session, additionally, the water once used becomes toxic and must be reinjected into the earth.

   As fissures are created and shale rocks begin to crack, carcinogens including radon, uranium, mercury, hydrochloric acid, etc. are exposed to well water. As a result, thousands of cases of water contamination as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water have been documented. After all is said and done, what remains in abundance is non-biodegradable fluid, as only 30 to 50 percent of what is fracked is usable gas.

   While millions of people go about their lives blissfully unaware, beautiful landscapes and cities around the United States are actively being polluted with carcinogens and destroyed by hydraulic fracturing. Literally the very stability of the cities, the earth upon which they are built is being compromised, without a clear picture of how to resolve or repair the inevitable damages. As a developed society with advanced science and technology at our disposal, it is time to take action, to move past the political hurdles in search of more environmentally viable options…

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