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Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is incredibly bad for bothcivilization and the natural environment The major problem with hydraulicfracturing is that the chemicals used during the process contaminate theground water It also just so happens that the approximately 600 chemicalsused during the process contain carcinogens and other harmful chemicalsThere have been many accounts of serious health problems as a result ofthis water pollution Fracking is endangering thousands because of waterpollution and this needs to come to an end Some might say that hydraulicfracturing is their way of living and others might say natural gas might beour next major power source but the question we need to ask ourselves isWhat is more important the livelihood of a few and a slightly emptierpocket for the wealthy or the health and lives of thousands Fracking posesa lot to lose the purity of our water health of innocent citizensquality of land and money Hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking is a process thatinjects fluid at high pressure deepunderground to open and enlarge cracks in rock formations This processstimulates the flow of natural gas increasing the amount that can beextracted Most fracking fluids are water based A solid material such assand or ceramic beads is added to the fracking fluid to keep the fracturesopen and permeable after the pressure is reduced Other chemical additivesare used depending on the characteristics of the particular well Forexample some chemicals reduce friction to allow pumping at a higher ratethan with water alone others help dissolve minerals and some preventbacterial growth Many of the chemicals used in fracking fluids can also be found infoods cosmetics soaps and household cleaners However that does notmean that they are safe Dosage is an important factor when evaluatinghazardous materials Although the total concentration of chemical additivesin fracking fluid is generally less than 2 percent millions of gallons offluid are typically used to drill a
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