Fracking and Energy Independence

by Aster Ricks Energy independence is one major factor in the fracking debate. The point of energy independence is to provide a source of energy as a backup in case the country, in which our source of energy currently comes from, decides to go against us. For a large majority of companies, fracking is the…

The Economics of Fracking

By Dejaun Gray and Lisa Fong Hydraulic-fracturing (fracking) is a process that produces methane gas, which is highly combustible, by injecting a mixture of water and chemicals into the deepest depths of the aquifer in order to extract shale gas and oil. This process extracts a cleaner alternative to the fossil fuel oil that we…

Environmental Risks of Fracking

By Elena Valle To understand how fracking impacts the environment, understanding how the process works is key. Hydraulic fracturing, most commonly known as fracking, involves cracking open the bedrock layer of the earth’s surface with chemicals and water to obtain the methane gas underneath for commercial natural gas. This product is much cleaner than the…

What’s the big fracking deal?

Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known simply as ‘fracking,’ is the process of drilling into the ground and extracting natural gases to be used for energy.  This is achieved after drilling deep into the earth, allowing for different chemicals combined with water and sand, to be injected into the hole to create cracks deep in the…