Do the benefits
As long as it is
fracking can be
a safe, affordable
source of domestic energy.
NATURAL GAS extracted through a process
called hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) has
been the subject of heated controversy. High-volume fracking, combined with horizontal
drilling, recovers natural gas that is trapped in
deep shale rock and other formations below
the ground, essentially by injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals that opens up the shale deposits and
releases the gas.
Proponents say the process is safe
and well regulated, and allows us to
access reserves of clean-burning, cost-efficient energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create jobs.
Critics are concerned that the process
of fracking may be creating serious
environmental impacts, such as
methane leaks, water shortages,
water pollution, earthquakes and
adverse effects on health.
What do you think?
are common in
cause no more
pollution or health risk than
any other use.
would cut depen-
dency on foreign
oil and reduce
on the environment.
San Leandro, CA
into anything nat-
ural, it destroys
for future generations.
dangerous to our
Find out more about this topic on the Web:
• http://web.mit.edu/mitei/research/studies (search or click on “The Future of Natural Gas 2011”)
• www.slate.com/articles (search or click on “What the Frack?”)
• www.eia.gov (search or click on “hydraulic fracturing, natural gas”)
• www.nytimes.com (search “baffled about fracking”)
[It’s] not well
regulated. The discharges are not
known. [I] do not
believe all is safe.