October 18, 2014
As discussed in class, fracking is the process used to extract natural gas from shale underground. Fracking consists of 99.5% water and sand and the rest includes borate salts, antifreeze, sodium, guar gum, and isopropanol. Fracking has become a very controversial topic due to it having both advantages and disadvantages that have been discovered.
After experimenting, fracking has been discovered in the United States more than any other part of the whole world. Therefore, it is easier to obtain due to the many locations of the shale in the United States alone. Shale also has the gas ethane which is very beneficial to the gas and oil industry. Also, natural gas has better overall prices for consumption which could help the United States economy in the coming future. Fracking also involves more natural ingredients to obtain the gas from the shale in the ground. With this being known, we are able to gain gas from shale quicker and faster then it being drilled out the ground in other parts of the world.
Fracking also has disadvantages. Even though fracking is mostly a natural process, fracking pumps water, sand, and chemicals into the ground. These chemicals could poison the groundwater that every person is able to consume from the faucets at home. Also, even though fracking has been useful, fracking has caused pollution is well populated areas due to the amount of energy that is needed to make the process successful. Fracking also causes loud noises which have affected the areas that benefit from it the most. Also, freshwater consumption has been lower due to the pollution that fracking can cause.
I think that fracking could be a good source to obtain natural gas. With the information known about it, the pros have outweighed the cons and the cons can be able to be regulated if fixed the right way. Shale is available mainly in the United States, so we should take advantage of the location of the shale...