Can Fracking Ever Be Good for the Environment?

Fossil Fuels Extracted by Hydraulic Fracturing Give Off Less Carbon Dioxide, But They Produce a Lot of Methane

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Fracking is one of those words that pretty much everyone has heard. But not everyone knows what it’s all about.

In a nutshell, fracking is the popular term for “hydraulic fracturing,” a process of drilling for gas and oil by blasting a high-pressure watery mixture into a specific type of underground sedimentary rock, called shale. When the liquid blast cracks shale, natural gas and petroleum are released. The technique has skyrocketed in use over the past half-century. Once limited to scattered hard-rock formations throughout the western United States, fracking is …

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