What purpose does fracking serve?



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    Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a technique used to derive natural gas from deep beneath the ground’s surface. It is often the method chosen because it is capable of permitting access to natural gas trapped in unusual rock formations where it would otherwise be much more difficult to access if not impossible. It is also able to remove natural gas from depths more than 7,000 feet below surface using a formula of sand, different chemicals, and water. In general, it is used because it is cost effective for the companies involved, though it is incredibly dangerous to people and the environment. Here is a chart of the process:


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