Title

Cracking the Case on Fracking

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 9:15 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

General Science Honors

Session Chair

Philip Wade

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Scientific Storytelling using Student Created Videos: The Energy Files

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Philip Wade and Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of extracting and collecting natural gas that involves pumping horizontal wells full of a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals at a very high pressure. The pressure fractures the rock and releases natural gas and various other substances, which are then collected in storage tanks. This increasingly popular natural gas extraction method is becoming more and more important as the United States attempts to take advantage of its large natural gas deposits. With the increasing cost and decreasing availability of crude oil, natural gas is becoming a more enticing energy alternative. This video documentary briefly examines the mechanics of fracking, its environmental and economical impacts, and objectively examines the controversy surrounding this technology.

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Cracking the Case on Fracking

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of extracting and collecting natural gas that involves pumping horizontal wells full of a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals at a very high pressure. The pressure fractures the rock and releases natural gas and various other substances, which are then collected in storage tanks. This increasingly popular natural gas extraction method is becoming more and more important as the United States attempts to take advantage of its large natural gas deposits. With the increasing cost and decreasing availability of crude oil, natural gas is becoming a more enticing energy alternative. This video documentary briefly examines the mechanics of fracking, its environmental and economical impacts, and objectively examines the controversy surrounding this technology.