Over 1,000 toxic chemicals found in fracking water

Saturday, February 20, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: Harold Shaw
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, played a major part in the recovery of the American economy after the 2008 crash. In just a few years, fracking made it possible for the price of oil to go down from $100 per barrel to $63 by the end of 2014. Since then, the number has continued to drop, to limits we were accustomed to in the early 2000s. The financial potential offered by hydraulic fracturing is undeniable, but this increased supply of oil and gas comes at a cost we might not be able to bear.

It all starts with the very process of stimulating natural reserves with immense pressure – just like putting mint candy into Coke. The trouble is that the very fluid necessary to create this pressure underground is filled with hundreds of toxic substances. These chemicals irreversibly pollute the environment and put our health at risk.

The issues with fracking

Unlike other types of wells meant to access natural reservoirs, hydro-fracturing is a way to strong arm dissipated resources close to the Earth’s surface. Even though the rigs are vertical, the wellbore itself is no more than two miles deep. Once the desired depth is reached, the drill hole continues horizontally, parallel to the surface.

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