Fracking – The Freshwater Enemy

While watching this documentary on fracking and what it means – the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into the ground so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas – I was surprised that it was happening not in one small area of the US but across the whole country.

Congress talked about the Frac Act and contaminated water. They discussed how drilling of natural gas was hurting the health of the people and how the people who were fracking weren’t being honest how they frack because all they care about is profit. Cases that were made was that the chemicals safe for people and that the chemical fluids cannot be blamed for the chemical contamination. Many of the chemicals that have been found in the tap water include hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, citric acid, potassium chloride and many more. The chemicals themselves aren’t harmful because your body produces them for you but when an increase of these chemicals happen it can cause harm to your body. Inhaling or consuming any type of chemical that is not regulated by government in any way is potentially harmful. Any form of chemicals placed into the environment it is a risk to the water supply if it’s not properly regulated which is what has been happening across the US.

Many people now that contamination of any kind can be harmful and you wouldn’t want it to expand, especially in other countries, because it can create a worldwide fresh water contamination problem. And with the little drinkable freshwater that we have, contaminating should be a solution for different problems.

– Gasland Documentary
– Katherine Domingo Chavarria

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4 Responses to Fracking – The Freshwater Enemy

  1. Fadilat Olasupo says:

    Fracking definitely is a shocking reality, most people don’t even know how huge of an issue this is – I didn’t even know. It’s the sad truth behind our economy/society and the efforts that are made just to grab resources from the land which is ultimately destroying the environment and contaminating resources (water) that are needed within these attacked communities. However, some argue that Fracking is not the biggest issue that is causing health, and environmental damage – This may in fact be why fracking is allowed to continue. I believe that there is also no proof that these chemicals are safe, and anything that can potentially cause illness or even death should be removed, but as you have stated – profit is what they continue to frack, and drill for. The US risks our water supply for profit and for the continued success of capitalism. It may never end simply because of the society we will in. No matter what movement it is, it never really ends. It may be sugar coated, and made to see as though it has faded but the harsh realities still linger on.


  2. cwassif says:

    I agree that fracking is neither our greatest environmental and/ or social issue, but I think the conversation surrounding fracking is interesting because it can be used to represent other social/ environmental issues that we are facing. For example we have those who acknowledge the scientific facts that prove that there are health and environmental consequences from chemicals, and then we have those who chose to ignore the facts or actively deny them ,either out of complete ignorance, or because a short term economic is more important to them than the future of life as we know it. I also think that fracking is interesting to discuss because of how polarizing an issue it is. On one hand it is praised for being less polluting than coal, and can potentially be used as a “bridge fuel”, but on the other hand, shouldn’t we try to move on from these energy sources completely, instead of having to forever choose between the lesser of two evils? Of course everything involves tradeoffs, but it is sad to think about how many people actively ignore facts, and dont take holistic approaches towards deciding the best ways to move forward as a world.


  3. Eugene Dorokhin says:

    Reading this reminded me of a quote that i’d heard a while ago on the difference between a medicine, and toxin. The only real difference lies in the dosage, and having largely unregulated fracking will have negative health effects on all those who end up consuming an overabundance of these chemicals. In some States, such as Texas, there is policy in place which makes bans on fracking illegal simply because it is that profitable. Fracking does have its benefits, but those are short term and simultaneously cause environmental damage. We have access to many clean energy sources, and there was recently a scientific breakthrough which found that through an atom thick layer of graphene applied to a solar panel, rain bouncing off of the layer produces electricity making it even more practical for areas such as Seattle which receives frequent rain.


  4. narmeenmaria says:

    Adding on to what Eugene said^ It’s just interesting to me how we have so many scientists quite literally having many breakthroughs for different things that could help us work towards a better environment, but it seems the government essentially does not want to listen. Instead they choose to ignore our cries of the dangers of what they are doing (all in the name of money), people are actually getting sick from fracking, but it’s fine as long as they’re doing what saves them the most money. I know when I watched Gaslands it was a huge eye opener for me because I was not too aware of the harms of fracking. I recall one of the people being able to set their water on fire, something they obviously were not able to do before the fracking began, nothing was done to solve this matter.


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