Importance of Education on Fracking

The increasing demand of banning fracking on our earth has compelled several institutions to research about public opinion in this regard. It has been proved through various surveys that despite of the increasing use of this process most of the people are little or not familiar with this term. Even those who know about it are unable to express their views in support or against it. Before discussing the importance of educating people about fracking you should have brief information about this concept.

What is fracking?

Fracking

This is a process which is used to break rocks deep into the ground for extracting oil and natural gas from them. it is also known as hydraulic fracturing of the rocks. Most of the oil and natural gas companies involved in extraction of oil and gas from the rocks lying deep under the ground use this method. They drill deep wells in the ground to inject lots of toxic fluid including sand, harsh chemicals and water at extremely high pressure to fracture the rocks to extract oil and gas from them.

Reason of opposing this process

Fracking, the process of breaking underground rocks for the extraction of oil and natural gas is facing opposition from various social sectors as it is supposed to be dangerous for mankind. According to them it can contaminate not only the underground water but also the air you breathe in. it is also dangerous for your health as it accelerates the change in climate. But even after so many incidents of spills and accidents and oppositions due to fracking, it has been exempted from main environmental laws.

Reasons of considering fracking dangerous

This process is considered dangerous because right from drilling well to transfer of wastes it increases the risk to your health as well as water you drink. The growing risk of damages caused by fracking can be obvious through the following evidences.

The contamination of water near fracking sites has made people living near by seriously ill. The tap water of some of these areas catches fire due to higher amount of methane in the water.Though the chemicals used by oil and gas companies in fracking process is not known precisely but it is assumed that they may contain carcinogens and endocrine disruptors which can be harmful for mankind. Leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from fracking sites also contributes in frequent climatic changes.Along with all these facts it can be harmful for the water you drink, air you breathe in and your general health in various other manners.

But despite so much opposition, fracking process is used by the oil and natural gas industry to meet up the increasing demand of oil and gas all over the world and reducing stock of these natural resources.

So it becomes important to educate people about the pros and cons of fracking process so that oil and natural gas can be extracted from the deeply underlying rocks. Federal government and big corporations involved in extracting the natural resources are also contributing in taking care of the people living in these areas.