May 13

Why Fracking is So Controversial

Strike up a conversation with almost any proponent of green living, and you’re likely to hear about fracking. Environmentalists and those who support the use of fracking go head to head over the extent to which the process damages the environment.

What is Fracking?

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a process used to develop U.S. gas and oil resources. To cause pressure at the bottom of a well, technicians utilize high-pressure pumps. The pumps create small fractures in the hydrocarbon formation to help extract gas and oil deposits traditional drilling and pumping can’t reach. Read the rest of this entry »