Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

by , 08/30/13

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Fracking is short for hydraulic fracking. It’s a process that involves injecting gallons of water, sand, and chemicals at enormous pressure to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock formations. This hugely abundant new source of energy could help bolster the US as an energy independent country while reducing the cost of gas and carbon dioxide emissions.

At the same time there are very real environmental concerns as fracking reshapes the landscape both above and underground. It can also contaminate the ground water supply, disrupt the ground to create more earthquakes, and release massive amounts of noxious methane, which not only smells nasty enough to make you hurl, but is also one of the biggest contributing greenhouse gasses.

According to the Daily Kos, Utah has been on a fracking frenzy and recently obtained permits for at least 1,300 more wells near the Green River. So far, fracking in the area has already dramatically lowered the air quality in the Uintah basin. Meanwhile, there are water-related concerns about the new sites as the Green River flows into Colorado River, and later Lake Powell, a popular recreational area.

via Daily Kos

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1 Comment

  1. Gemeda Beker August 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This is a horrible thing we are doing to the planet. I suspect it is a more severe problem than global warming. Saying this may sound extreme but we are in fact killing the planet and that is not something we should wait for scientist to tell us.

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