One of the largest and most controversial risks is chemical contamination. Because chemicals are involved in shooting water forcefully to fracture Earth deep down under the surface, environmentalists fear these chemicals could seep into aquifers as well as nearby rivers and other bodies of water, contaminating water that we drink and other species use to survive.
This has been answered dozens of times.
As I was researching some information about the risks of fracking, I discovered a risk outside the issue of water contamination. A rise of earthquakes in Arkansas this year have prompted questions on weather fracking is to be blamed. The water which is injected forcefully into the wells is potentially causing the earth’s plates to move. After 4.7 magnitude quake in Arkansas (February 2011) the operation of two of the wells closest to the fault line were shut down. Since the shut down of these injection wells, the earthquakes have not completely ceased, however, they have dramatically lessened. The EPA, the Arkansas Geologic Survey, and the energy and gas companies that are to blame, are investigating these occurrences.
The dangers of hydro-fracking really do outweigh the benefits the process has the potential to provide. One issue is that the public is not being made aware of just what fracking could negatively lead to. The publics’ lack of education only leads to greater issues in relation to fracking.
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