Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Making people understand fracking

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Hydrofracturing, or fracking as it is commonly known, is a controversial topic. Although many are skeptical about the practice, there are still those who believe that fracking is good for the country, especially since its end products are natural gas and shale gas—cheaply produced hydrocarbons that are also cleaner than traditional hydrocarbons, such as petroleum and coal. Moreover, fracking also contributes to the economy by creating hundreds of jobs. Conversely, skeptics believe that fracking is a dangerous process, wherein the fluids may trickle into underground fresh water reservoirs, which are sources of drinking water for most people.

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However, both beliefs are eclipsed by the fact that, according to a recent survey by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change, most people do not even know what fracking is.

Educating people about the pros and cons of fracking and making information about the practice readily available are important, as public opinion is crucial, especially now that there are different groups disagreeing on whether to subject a particular land to fracking or not. Furthermore, companies should be transparent with regard to the chemicals used, including the amounts, during the fracking process to help raise awareness on the advantages and disadvantages of this practice.

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