Fracking is a controversial technique to chill natural gas and uses chemicals that according to new research “shows that high-pressure fluids striking the shale could dislodge naturally occurring radioactive compounds such as uranium and strontium, putting groundwater at risk of contamination”. Also, the current methods for cleaning wastewater generated by fracking are inadequate. This water needs to be treated as industrial waste. Otherwise, radioactive material and a slew of other toxic compounds could leach into the groundwater, potentially tainting it for generations. One well requires 2 million to 10 million gallons of water to extract the gas.
Marsa, L. (2011). FRACKING NATION. Discover, 32(4), 62.
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