In America, citizens, industries, and the United States government try so dearly to find alternative ways to conserve natural fuels. Although searching and testing for alternate methods for preserving energy and fossil fuels is difficult and expensive, industries try to use our natural resources in the most delicate and conservative way possible. However some of these different approaches for using less and clean fossil fuels is damaging the earth as much as they are trying to save it. For example, hydrofracking is used to extract natural gases from the ground by using millions of gallons of water to wash out the gas from the ground and onto the earth’s surface thousands of feet down under the crest (Hoffman, 2013). From the high pressured water and chemicals shooting down upon the rocks underground, the rocks shift causing natural gas to shoot on to the surface which gas industries use. Although using this energy saving and efficient techniques of extracting natural gas form the ground seems safe, there are many negative outcomes (Overholt, 2013).
Hydrofracking has been used all across America, from New York to Ohio. It is an easy and fast way to extract natural gas and oil from the rocks underneath the earth’s crust. For instants, hydrofracking provides many people with well-paying and sustainable jobs. Hydrofracking also known as hydraulic fracturing is cheap to do, without having to trade with foreigners for oil; we can obtain it on our own soil. Attaining natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fuels compared to toxic and dirtier fossil fuels. Fracking not only drills to find natural gas, but they also replenish and reestablish clean drinking wells. Many prospectors say that hydrofracking is draining the world’s water supply, or harmful to the environment, even when some of those rumors are not always true. We need natural gases to survive, and until we find a substitute for not using fossil fuels, hydrofracking is the safest and fastest way to acquire what we Americans use on the daily (Overholt, 2013).
There are many dangerous risks factors to hydrofracking, even though fracking helps Americans acquire natural gases. It is damaging our earth in the long run. Many researchers believe and have studied, that hyrdrofracking negatively affects our earth. Some of the reasons are from polluting our air with toxic methane, a key component in natural gas, and contaminating our water with chemicals the workers use to drill. Hydrofracking also causes soil and oil spill contaminations and even earthquakes from deep wells. With chemicals and water flushing down into the earth’s layers, these chemicals are contaminating the water underground that goes into our wells, water supplies, and lakes (Hoffman, 2013). In fact, the methane produced by the natural gas spreads through our air and can change our climate, as well as pollute it, and expose humans to the toxic chemicals. Not to mention it is dangerous to work around, with spontaneous gas explosions, workers risk their lives every day (Hoffman, 2013).
All in all, hydrofracking has its positives and negatives, but we will not benefit our earth and living environment if we just point out the bad in everything. As Americans, we must spend money and research into trying to find alternate and healthy ways to live, because obviously our normal technics of using fossil fuels are not working out.
Hoffman, Joe. (2013, September 16). Potential Health and Environmental Effects of Hydrofracking in the Williston Basin, Montana. Retrieved from: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health/case_studies/hydrofracking_w.html
Overholt, Mark (2013, October 22). The Pros Of Hydrofracking. Retrieved from: http://www.tigergeneral.com/advantages-of-hydrofracking/