Not All It's Fracked Up to Be
If you live over or near the pink on the map, you’re near a potential fracking site. Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, uses water to extract natural gas from solid rock.
News You Can Use
- Our insatiable hunger for fossil fuels is being increasingly fed with natural gas.
Using natural gas has a lot of advantages:
- Natural gas burns more cleanly than petroleum.
- There is a lot of it.
- Unlike petroleum, which is located mostly in the Middle East, tremendous reserves are located in the United States and Canada. This is very desirable politically.
- Advances in technology – fracking - have made it easier than ever to get the gas out of the ground. For these and other reasons, the United States, Canada and other nations are experiencing a natural gas boom.
With the link below, learn more about fracking. Then answer the following questions.
- SciShow, Facts About Fracking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51wOisfdIPo
- Why is natural gas better for the environment than petroleum?
- Why is fracking needed to get the gas out of the shale?
- Why is fracking potentially harmful to the water system?
- How does natural gas from fracking contribute to global warming? How can that be prevented?
- What could explain the increase in small earthquakes in regions where there is fracking?