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Fracking - what is it? And is it bad?

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Published 11/3/2022

Right, fracking, it's pretty controversial, but what the frack is it all about?

Fracking is a way of extracting natural gas or oil that’s trapped deep underground in shale rock - hence it is often referred to as shale gas or shale oil. But how does it actually work?

How does fracking work?

Firstly, you drill a huge well deep into the ground – literally hundreds of meters down.

Secondly, water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the rock at an aggressively high pressure. This causes the rock to crack, which releases the trapped gas and oil.

Finally, this gas and oil are then collected to burn as fuel.

Why is fracking controversial?

You might have gathered that fracking is somewhat controversial, but why?

But most importantly... it will lead to more fossil fuels and more global warming. When instead, we could be investing the money in cleaner, safer renewable energy.

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