Do you live in an area where hydraulic fracturing takes place? What is your position on the health hazards associated with this technology? Do you agree that current regulations are protective to the environment (groundwater) and human health? Why, or why not?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking): An oil and gas development process that has recently gained popularity as well as controversy is hydraulic fracturing. This process involves injecting water under high pressure into bedrock formations to increase oil and/or gas flow to a well (United States Geological Survey, 2014). For additional information, visit http://www.usgs.gov/hydraulic_fracturing/. Its recent use is in the extraction of natural gas from shale (sedimentary rock). Most of you have probably heard of the Marcellus Shale—this is the largest known reservoir of natural gas, found underneath sizeable portions of West Virginia, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (Meyer, 2014). This is why there is a lot of fracking being conducted on the east coast.