What The Frack is Fracking?!

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Fracking. You’ve heard the word, but what is it exactly? And why the huge controversy? Trace drills to the bottom of this hotly contested issue.

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49 comments

Noah D. June 14, 2013 - 1:18 PM

ok this sounds sink hole disastrous

adam blasl June 19, 2013 - 10:03 AM

is it just me or does she kind of look like overly obsessed girlfriend?

T Dog June 19, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Whoah… my name is Tim and my last name starts with W

orlendatube June 25, 2013 - 10:41 PM

i live in PA and yeah alot fo people are freaked out about it…but our state govt doesnt seem to care…i dont live near the areas they are doing it so thats all i know…it does freak me out that i am essentially "downstream" of them though….glad i'm not on well water….

ForgottenT June 25, 2013 - 11:32 PM

Solar is coming, it will take a few years before it´s good enough to take over though, also people are working on Fusion Energy.

Bitcoin Motorist July 2, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Are you sure fracking is the reason the groundwater is contaminated? Could it be that the gas being drilled for is what contaminated the groundwater not the fracking itself? Fracking is only a disaster if you like high energy prices. Natural gas was supposed to be the clean alternative to oil and coal. Now you want windmills that kill rare birds and take up too much space ruining the landscape? You want solar that only works on sunny days? No thank you I choose real clean fossil fuels.

FloraSora July 2, 2013 - 11:02 PM

Aren't wind and solar farms usually placed, you know, appropriately? Meaning that the space was never going to be occupied by anything else any time soon? And where the sun will be out most of the time, for the solar panels?

Bitcoin Motorist July 5, 2013 - 1:20 AM

The short answer is I don't know. I do know that wind farms kill thousands of birds every year. Wind farms look unsightly. Wind farms take up a lot more real estate than other forms of energy production. I know that countries that burn more fossil fuels are greener and wealthier than countries that don't. See a comparison of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Both are on the same island but one is prosperous with lush green forests and the other is poor with dying trees.

Adam July 10, 2013 - 5:32 AM

that can also occur naturaly. more reason and evidence less emotional garbage please

ParadoxPerspective July 21, 2013 - 6:47 AM

You know how you can tell it IS an environmental hazard? Profit.

ParadoxPerspective July 21, 2013 - 6:48 AM

Worse than that; it costs millions of gallons of fresh water that can never be reclaimed. Ever. Water is the most precious resource in the universe.

puddingball July 22, 2013 - 11:02 PM

well, you're 50, and obviously don't give a rat's ass about the world after you're gone.

Or you're 12 as well, seeing you like Runescape and Ray William Johnson's lame ass jokes.

Moonie July 24, 2013 - 12:29 AM

His face in the begging of the video xD

ParadoxPerspective July 25, 2013 - 2:03 AM

It costs more energy to boil the massive amounts of salt water than the shale would yield. Ergo desalination wouldn't work; you need water that is already fresh to make hydrofracking fluid.

jesse laflamme July 26, 2013 - 2:17 AM

u learn about this in grade 8 socials and i just learned about it

Mesder13 July 27, 2013 - 2:05 PM

It will be reclaimed at SOME point… The water they use will just go back into the groundwater (along with the chemicals that use :/ )

SeriousGesticulation July 29, 2013 - 8:47 PM

my dad actually works for a company that suplise the main stuff that they put in the water for fracking. he works at a sand mine (yes that's a thing) and from what i know from my dad and having been there, nothing is really special about it other than its shape. it is round unlike most sand and therefor does not pack together. they need it to hold the cracks open without blocking them off so the natural gas can escape.

JeZebeL2600 July 29, 2013 - 11:19 PM

first i thought it'd be about farting

ParadoxPerspective July 30, 2013 - 7:20 AM

Nope. There's no groundwater flow in shale; so once it's down there it's down there pretty much forever– I mean… if you want to consider hypotheticals: technically in hundreds of millions of years the whole continent will be "recycled" through tectonic plate shift or something to that effect. But for all practical reasons that water is entirely inaccessible.

cre8edc8 August 19, 2013 - 6:25 AM

many companies are reusing water that has already been pumped on another well. This is called production water. This cuts down on the truly fresh water they need to use.

Terrence Moonseed August 22, 2013 - 9:43 AM

its an unfortunate but necessary part of modern life. But keep in mind that's probably that could statement could be used to defend any unethical practice.

narsplace August 27, 2013 - 7:07 PM

is that 14 people that agree with you or 14 people that think the same?

th33ninja September 14, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Yeah :/

Sacragon September 29, 2013 - 9:25 PM

Take a drink every time they make a frack pun.

angeldude101 October 21, 2013 - 8:53 AM

Of tap water polluted by fracking?

hreaper October 22, 2013 - 12:56 PM

Can the water used in the fracking be retrieved? I mean, it's used wayyy down underground, right?
Will it return to the water cycle on the surface?

commenty commenter October 27, 2013 - 7:53 AM

It is, but that water is pumped full of chemical that aid in the fracking process. Things like emulifiers and lubricants are pumped down to FRACture rock and release natural gas deposits.
It's not a good method because that's MILLIONS of gallons of water PER WELL. That's why it's called "hydraulic fracturing". I'm not entirely against natural gas, just the method of extraction.

Tim Salotto November 17, 2013 - 5:11 PM

Fuck this shit. Buy a Tesla model E when they come out.

william grace November 26, 2013 - 7:42 AM

lol i can't blame you for using the word fracking so much, if i had a legitimate excuse to use it, i'd totally milk it too.

hunrein December 17, 2013 - 10:33 AM

Why won't DNews do a special on liquid fluoride thorium reactors when they cover every other known energy source on the planet.

A McLellan January 1, 2014 - 10:11 AM

You didn't discuss the consequences of fracking and gas escaping into the atmosphere. Does fracking release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and if so, is the effect of the escaped gas worse than burning coal (based on equal amounts of kWhrs produced)?

Wolfytototito January 4, 2014 - 7:56 AM

Methane created by treating Garbage is more efficient, easier to produce since you are using disposal material. Its much less harmful to the environment  and can generate gas without  necessarily harming us landowners or our water supply.  We currently face an enormous water problem in several states and now we are going to pump it underground filled with "secret" chemicals that are pretty likely to kill us or any living thing for that matter. Yes methane is a greenhouse gas, but so is natural gas, is is very likely to also be methane. 

Personally I see Fracking as a terrible way to obtain revenue.  But I'm sure a lot of you will come with a million reasons to prove me wrong and that the Big tycoons are our saviors.  

the deeliciousplum January 4, 2014 - 8:11 PM

I am not certain if this vid is a meaningful resource for people on either side of the debate to explore. Though funny and cute as these two are, I guess that I am at fault for hoping to find a vid which was not too neurotically left nor too non compassionately right to share with friends.

Remco Schedel—the SKULL January 10, 2014 - 2:11 AM

I thought fracking meant fucking in Battlestar Galactica, but they were just talking about extracting gas?

TheWolfHowling January 14, 2014 - 10:50 AM

I don't see why something like supercritual CO2 can't be used for Hydraulic Fracturing rather than using chemical laced water. CO2 is already natuarally in natural gas and it's relatively safe and environmental chemically benign. However, I don't think that we should be invest money into unconventional oil & gas drilling when it could be invested in researching next-gen biofuels or energy storage or in building solar power plants. Plus, hydraulic fracturing has flooding the market with so much cheap natural gas that it threatens renewable energy sources like wind & solar. And any protential environmental benefit created by the displacement of coal by this cheap gas could be largely if not completely canceled out by 1. the increased usage of fossil, CO2 emitting natural gas because people have been told all their life that "Natural Gas is a clean burning fuel" not realizing that that just means that it doesn't create air polutants but does create CO2. There is also the Jevons paradox which states that increased efficiency will lead to increased use,this effect is first discribed by english economist William Stanley Jevons who observed that British coal use increased after the introduction of the more efficient Watt steam engine. Another contributing factor is that of Induced Demand which is the phenomenon that, after the supply of a good increases, more of that good is consumed. The second reason way fracking gas could eraze its environmental benefits from inadequately sealed well that are leaking methane into the air, a greenhouse gas over 20x more potent than CO2

Olliever B. January 19, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Well!  That would explain the earthquakes in Oklahoma in 2012.

xxxBlueIncendiaxxx February 5, 2014 - 6:51 AM

If I had to choose between water and gas….Not a hard choice really.

Josh Webb February 23, 2014 - 1:36 AM

I currently live in San Angelo, Texas, and fracking is in full force, as the oil and natural gas industry is booming here. It causes lots of problems with our water supplies. This is only compounded by our lack thereof. Droughts are an all too common problem here and it sucks to not be able to drink what little water we have. The oil business is a whole can o' worms here. But it does provide jobs to young men who don't want to/can't afford to go to college.

Brayden Christensen March 5, 2014 - 12:51 AM

Frack this

Danger Squirrel March 5, 2014 - 2:57 AM

So wait, they say that because earthquakes are happening more and we've started fracking more that means the fracking is causing the earthquakes? I smell a fallacy.

David Howell-Jones March 24, 2014 - 5:29 PM

Not gonna happen… All the oil and gas industry care about is profit! If a 13 year old kid like me can understand that, surely everyone can! 

Whai Harris June 9, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Its fucking shit more like it take that franking fucking idea and digest it and yous the anal muscles of man kind to shit it fraukn out

ForJahMan June 26, 2014 - 5:36 AM

That chemicals thing is fucked up. 

nate Leuthner July 3, 2014 - 11:03 AM

frack fracking! … ok I just wanted to say that

TheDrak70 February 25, 2015 - 2:31 AM

It’s kinda messed up to know that water could be a lot easier to treat if they would let the public aware of what chemicals are used in the process, and not doing so only for personal benefit.

Dirt Technology February 24, 2016 - 9:30 PM

It's a frakking word from BSG

jason mackay March 9, 2016 - 9:40 AM

i worked on a frack site , dont touch the water they said….. dont touch the water but its ok for our ground water they pass by to get to the schail gas….. i dont think so js!!!

JTAC Bluemansonic April 8, 2016 - 8:29 PM

A fracking new drinking game is on this video, every fracking time they fracking say "frack" or "fracking" take a shot…

Cyber Goyle October 6, 2016 - 7:50 AM

I smell a rat. Or is it the chemicals in my water. It seems to me that the oil and gas co's are trying to minimize the dangers by disseminating information in a friendly non threatening way. THE SAME WAY INDUSTRIES MINIMIZED, 50 years ago, the DANGERS OF LEAD in products and things like ASBESTOS, now they are totally illegal because after YEARS of fighting and overwhelming evidence how deadly they are.
In the mean time many die while a few big corporations with greedy individuals make a huge profits till finally the get shut down, then move on to the next thing with impunity.
To add insult to injury, I live in CALIFORNIA, through this video I find out our state, one that has some of the MOST STRICT ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS IS ALLOWING FRACKING?!! OMG!
MORE INSULT. We have been having SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN RECENT YEARS, us city dwellers and farmers have had to conserve water to the point where farmers have to let crops die. Yet you have these rich yahoos who probably don't even live in this state get to use MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF PER WELL, WHICH MEANS BILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER.

STOP FRACKING!!!!!! AND GIVE US BACK OUR WATER!!! AND GIVE IT BACK CLEAN!!!