The Many Faces of Fracking.
Fracking has changed the way people think about the oil industry in the United States, and for good reason. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking as it is more commonly known, is, in a nutshell, a procedure for extracting oil or gas from bedrock. The wells that are drilled for the purpose of fracking can go as deep as 5,000 feet to 10,000 feet below the Earths surface which poses challenges with ground water, and potential earthquake issues. In addition, the oil wells are disposed of once productivity goes down.
Fracking is known to cause damage to the environment, and also has some health and safety concerns as fracking fluid is sent in, filled with toxic chemicals. The symptoms of drinking contaminated water vary depending on the contaminant ingested. Natural gas can also be migrated to water sources in the process of fracking, causing wells and houses to explode. Exposure can also occur when the chemicals become airborne during a shower or whenever hot water is used. Over a dozen fracking chemicals have contaminated water supplies in Colorado which is home to over 10,000 fracking gas wells.