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UE: SCI 210SC: Energy & Its Impact on Global Society
Hydraulic fracturing is a controversial drilling process that uses highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas and oil deeply buried in the earth. ...
Hydraulic fracturing fluids are known to include toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
There are numerous documented cases of environmental and public health impacts as a result of fracturing.
Companies involved in this process do not disclose the chemical constituents of their fracturing fluids.
Fracturing requires and has the potential to contaminate enormous quantities of water. In some cases the statistics around actual water used are confidentail for the first 6 months (Wyoming)
Hydraulic fracturing operations have significant quality of life impacts-from the creation of a spider web of new roads, to increased traffic and noise pollution, to the increased potential for spills-on the communities where they operate.