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Pros and Cons of Fracking.
Transcript of Pros and Cons of Fracking.
Of Fracking By: Diane Tian And
There's a Lot of It Pro's Of Fracking Environmental Effects What happens after they frack a well? Cost? There are about 1,338 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, compared to the 18.6 trillion cubic feet of oil reserves.
Because of it's abundance, natural gas is very cheap, about $3.35 per 1000 cubic feet. New Jobs Fracking has created 3.7 million jobs across the U.S.
These jobs are highly skilled and pay on average $62,000. Fracking fluid can contaminate ground water and cause the water to become brown and undrinkable. What is Natural Gas? Con's Of Fracking Resources Needed Natural gas is a fossil fuel formed from the remains of dead plants and animals.
Natural gas is not one type of gas, it is a mixture of methane, propane, ethane, butane, carbon dioxide, and other trace gases. The average amount of water per well is 7 million gallons. It takes about 40,000 gallons of chemicals to complete a fracking job. Why Natural Gas
is Awesome Some chemicals used in fracking fluid include, mercury, radium, hydrochloric acid, and lead. Only about 30% of the fracking fluid is recovered and recycled. Fracking has also disturbed old fault lines, causing some minor earthquakes. Natural gas is the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel.
When burned natural gas emits 117,000 units of carbon dioxide, oil emits 164,000 units and coal emits 208,000 units.
When it spills, the gases just diffuses into the air and won't cause a huge environmental disaster like oil. Methane, a key component in natural gas, may contribute even more to global warming than carbon dioxide Once the water used for fracking is trapped underground, it's gone to the water cycle forever. It costs gas companies over to 7.6 million dollars to operate a well. Just drilling a well costs over 1.8 million dollars and the actually fracturing cost 2.5 million.