What is an alternative to fracking?



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    Some alternatives to fracking are using solar power, wind power, and even other fossil fuels are more green than fracking.  There is a cavitation hydrovibrator which is still fracking – but apparently green and without the many chemicals being used today.  There may not be one alternative, but almost anything is better than fracking as currently done.  Fracking is a way of retrieving natural gas that’s deep below the surface of the earth.  A well is drilled down vertically then turned to drill horizontally, millions of gallons of water, sand and multiple chemicals are injected under high pressure which causes fractures in the shale and allows the natural gas to flow out of the well.  The average depth of these are 8,000 feet, the average depth of water aquifers is about 1,000 feet.  If there is a leak or any other problem this can allow contamination of ground water sources, which many people have already experienced as well as having to install pipes as vents on their properties.  Take a look at the Vanity Fair article below for more information. 

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    Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling are two distinct techniques, which may be used together but not necessarily. Hydraulic fracturing has been used for 60 years in oil and gas exploration, so it is not a new technique. Without claiming there is no possibility of problems, most of the 60 years worth of fracking has not created any significant issues.

    And in terms of alternatives, there is not really any alternative if you want to have the natural gas from the reservoirs that have it and require fracking to produce it. It’s a simple trade-off – natural gas (thanks to fracking), or no natural gas, from those particular reservoirs.

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