Fracking through the great regulatory unknown


Fracking is a process where “you drill a five-inch-diameter hole down several thousand feet until you hit the gas shale, and then you turn 90 degrees and you drill horizontally through some more shale, until you’ve got all your pipes and rig in place. And then you hit that shale with a high-pressure blast of water and sand, creating millimeter-wide fractures through which the natural gas can escape… Not only is this happening more than a mile beneath the surface, it’s also happening at a level that is separated from the closest points of the aquifer by a layer of impermeable rock three or four or five Empire State Buildings deep.” Some estimates put the amount of natural gas available through this process at 15 years worth of US energy use. A resource like that could provide enough time and tax dollars for Obama to fund about 10 more failed…

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