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Can natural gas be the answer to moving away from dirty and expensive oil and still be environmentally friendly and safe? Is this what they mean by green energy? What is hydraulic fracturing? Is it hype and hyperbole? I’ll let YOU decide.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, a.k.a. fraking or fracking is a process of extracting natural gas in gas shale deposits, and at some point drilling horizontally instead of vertically while using sand, chemicals and copious amounts of water.
Water does not sound like a problem, but what about the chemicals involved in the process? Are they safe and what are they used for? There are all kinds of chemicals used like fracking fluid, lubricants, drilling muds and others that are part of the many stages in the process with several pieces of equipment such as injection wells, condensate tanks and brine tanks.