Fracking is short of “high volume hydraulic fracturing”.  It’s a relatively new form of energy extraction/creation, yet there are hidden costs to the economy, environment, and human health.  The fracking process involves drilling a vertical well into the ground and then drilling horizontally at the desired depth.  Next, large volumes of fluid are injected down the well and into shale at high pressure.  The shale eventually fractures, releasing the oil and gas  trapped inside.  The released oil/gas is drawn up to the surface to be processed, refined, and shipped.

Looking to learn more about fracking, and the associated myths?  Read Popular Mechanic’s excellent breakdown.

This infographic dissects the details on gas fracking and considers the true cost of extracting and producing this fuel.

The true cost of fracking

 

Source:  911 Metallurgist

  • alainmartel

    I have a problem with the last block: “Compounds”.
    Sory, but Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Lead and Radon are not compounds but simple elements.
    A term “NORM” is thrown in with exactly no definition provided. What is it?

    Nice to see a single source showing the plus and minus of the isue.