Go Frack Yourself
Recently, America has been dependent on itself for energy. In 2006, business and government leaders were worried that America was going to run out of energy, but in 2013 their fears subsided for the United States was producing seven and a half million barrels of crude oil a day. But how are we having a sudden energy rise? Welcome to the wonderful world of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. Fracking is allowing gas companies to drill wells deep in the earth and producing our own natural gas for America’s uses. Fracking may help us save money, but it’s harming the people living near the fracking sites. Our government is turning their faces away from the problem of harming innocent people with the process of fracking because it is putting money into their pockets in Washington. Why stop if it is making the rich richer seems to be their motto. Fracking is harming the people causing sickness and death. The scariest part is our government is turning a blind eye.
The largest production increase of natural gas was in 2012 and could pump more than 11 million barrels of oil a day by 2020. The United States may not have to import from other countries and even start exporting.   In Gregory Zuckerman’s The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story Saudi Arabia’s billionaire prince Alwaleed bin Talal said “with the rise of the United States’ energy production leaves the oil kingdom vulnerable.” Like stated above that is a huge turnaround from 2006 where it was believed we were going to run out of oil soon and fast. Thanks to fracking our problems looks like to be solved, correct? Well first here is how fracking works.
Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. Each site depends on 400 tankard truck filled with water and other supplies to and from the sites and to complete each fracking job it takes 1-8 million gallons of water. At the site, the...