Current Controversies: Fracking, 1st Edition

  • Anne C. Cunningham
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  • ISBN-10: 1534501045
  • ISBN-13: 9781534501041
  • DDC: 622.3381
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 184 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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On the surface, fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, seems like a perfect solution to the country’s energy crises. It is a relatively easy and independent way to supply natural gas. But controversies surround the practice. The process involved in fracking has been shown to be harmful to the environment and a threat to our public health. Do the benefits of fracking outweigh the costs? Can improvements be made to the process that would eliminate its dangers? Should the government get more involved in regulating fracking, or should it be up to the people?

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Will Fracking Eliminate Our Dependency on Coal?.
1: Overview: The Costs and Benefits of Fracking.
2: Fracking Is an Important Part of Our Energy Future.
3: Fracking Is Helpful in the Short Term.
4: Coal Seam Gas Can Provide Australia With Clean Energy.
5: Fracking Does Little to Negate Climate Change.
6: Natural Gas Will Not Solve the World's Energy Problems.
7: The Energy Industry Downplays the Many Dangers of Fracking.
Is Fracking Better for the Environment?.
8: Overview: What Is Fracking's Effect on the Environment?.
9: Methane Leaks From Fracking Is a Technical Problem We Can Solve.
10: Study Shows Methane Emission from Fracking Is Low.
11: Sierra Club Credits Natural Gas for Reducing Carbon Emissions.
12: People Near Fracking Sites See Increased Risk of Health Problems.
13: Fracking Pollutes the Air.
14: Fracking Will Not Reduce Net Greenhouse Gas Emission.
Does Fracking Endanger Our Water Supply?.
15: Overview: There Is Conflict About Fracking's Impact on the Water Supply.
16: Fracking Waste Contaminates Groundwater.
17: EPA Study Identifies Risk of Water Contamination from Fracking.
18: Controversy Surrounds Wyoming Study of Water Contamination.
19: Fracking Fluids Do Not Migrate into Drinking Water.
20: Fracking Does Not Contaminate Aquifers.
Will Fracking Lead to Natural Disasters?.
21: Overview: Fracking Is a Boon for Energy Production but May Damage the Environment.
22: Oil and Gas Industry Activity Causes Earthquakes.
23: Fracking Causes Earthquakes.
24: There Is Little Scientific Evidence Linking Fracking to Earthquakes.
25: Experts Say Fracking Not the Cause of Oklahoma Earthquakes.
Organizations to Contact.