TAG: Hydrofracking

Is Alternative Energy Too Risky?

Is Alternative Energy Too Risky?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is dangerous—this is has been accepted as fact. It isn’t necessarily unviable or illegitimate; it is just too young of a technology for the consequences and ramifications to be fully understood. However, the line may have been crossed recently, upping the ante to somewhere near “expect problems.” In an effort to capture geothermal energy to be used to create clean electricity, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has granted permission to AltaRock Energy to conduct fracking operations on the ground around Oregon’s dormant Newberry Volcano. If this notion of cracking the ground around a volcano,… read more

Future For Fracking

Future For Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been a controversial issue for some time now, mainly due to the safety and contamination problems that are inherent in the practice. However, researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a possible solution: chemical-degrading bacteria which can clean the used water and eliminate contamination. Centimeter-sized silicon beads will house the bacteria, and when introduced to the polluted water, the porous bead will soak up the water and the bacteria will eat away at the contaminants, effectively cleaning the water. While this is a way to make fracking safer on the whole, it cannot be… read more

Hydrofracking Threat

Clearing land for hydrofracking

Hydrofracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, is a gas extraction mechanism that involves pumping large amounts of water, sand and chemicals underground to unearth natural gas from rock formations. This new mechanism is economical for companies in gas extraction, for the environment it can spell devastation. The environmental threats from hydrofracking are numerous, an overview as to how the mechanism works is thus necessary to appreciate the gravity of the overall potential for disaster. Hydrofracking requires large quantities of water which is either transported to the extraction site or pumped from a nearby water sources. The water is then mixed… read more

Next Target for Fracking

Next Target For Fracking

Earlier in the week, residents of New York rallied against the possibility of Governor Andrew Cuomo lifting the moratorium on drilling new wells for the extraction of natural gas using a process called “fracking.” Fracking is an extremely controversial method of natural gas extraction, given the inherent dangers of pumping freshwater combined with chemicals into shale formations, and the health and environmental hazards that it creates. Fracking has been linked to diseases in people living around the site, likely due to the chemically-contaminated water. Further, the chemicals used contaminate the land, presenting a situation where crops and animals that feed… read more