Facts About Fracking

Facts About Fracking



Hank gives us a summary of the important facts about fracking: what it is, why we do it, and how it actually isn’t all butterflies and cupcakes.

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References
http://www.naturalgas.org/overview/background.asp
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/energy-environment/natural-gas/index.html?8a
http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2011/12/05/111205taco_talk_kolbert
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/508151/studies-link-earthquakes-to-wastewater-from-fracking/
http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/seismologists-link-ohio-earthquakes-waste-disposal-wells

Comments

    Steven Schaber

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    The side effects outweigh the benefits. Anyone think something else?

    Anonymous Anonymous

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    i used to live in Pennsylvania…our WATER WAS ON FIRE!

    Neodymius Exploder

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    this is a ground breaking discovery

    Cesare Smetters

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    How is that easier than harnessing cow farts?

    Kellicles T

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    This guy is very misinformed.

    Radosław Mazurek

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    I see it's old video cause you say "global warming". At some point occured that we have ice age incoming so now you say "climate change". Just in case it change to something else in the future 😀

    Lacey Roo

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    I watched this in school with my class

    Amine Elazar

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Thanks

    Kian

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    I mean would could just put a few solar pannels around gods beard or somet like dat

    Adam Fehr

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    This video does not properly represent both sides of this argument. You should talk about the depths at which these processes are happening, also talk about the risks associatrd with other well stimulation techniques and enhanced oil recovery in general..

    J Dornier

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    The fact that companies are merely fined for polluting water supplies is outrageous.

    David Buschhorn

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Guar gum is the additive.

    James Cohen

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    The majority of Western Australians want a Statewide Ban on fracking There's No Such thing as safe Fracking!!!!!
    #FrackfreeWA #Wewantafrackfreewa #FrackFreeFuture #LocktheGate #waterforlife #frackfreemidwest #Renewablesareourfuture

    spookdog56

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Please point me toward any instance where a person has been poisoned by fracking water. How can something that is 2% chemicals with half of that being food grade chemicals be causing all this damage? It always seems to be "maybe", "might", "could" but never "is". Can anyone send me a reputable study showing widespread contamination of groundwater by fracking? Hey, come on, with about 30,000 fracked wells drilled in the past ten years that has to be. Right? Oh, any another thing, there is no such thing as secret chemicals. Proprietary mixtures, yes, but all the chemicals are known. Its just like the "secret" formula for Coca-Cola, the chemicals are all listed to the FDA but the exact mixing is proprietary. Most states require the fracking fluid composition to be posted to a public website called FracFocus. Pick a well, input its API number and see for yourself. Proprietary mixtures make up about .002% of a typical job but the chemical name is listed. Next we can talk about the basic laws of physics and how salt water trapped below a mile and a half of solid rock does not mix with fresh water and never has.

    Adam O'Toole

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Trump's a psychopath both medical and common definifins!

    Lemon Curd

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Mr. Peanutbutter needs to watch this video

    Goldsword Animations

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    What the frack?

    Christopher Hall

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    you've just been waiting to make a Battlestar joke

    devongillis123456789

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    find an alternative source that can meet our energy demands for a reasonable cost of production and has a lesser impact on the environment and there will be a change, however renewable resources cannot keep up with the energy demands, nor are they as clean as one might think, so what do you expect us to do? gathering resources to meet our demands has never been pretty, and even the seemingly harmless energy sources have consequences of their own; just the manufacturing of the equipment for solar panels and wind farms already puts enough strain on the environment, never alone the potential consequences of interfering with the sun and wind that keep our planet alive. the fossil fuels are there, so why would we not use them?

    Calamity Amity

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Drinking that water'll frack you up

    Isaac Lehr

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    lol first one in a year

    Amonra Elias

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Couldn't this lead to the water table lossing its table ? And falling down past "the water table" and settle in the places Russia discovered when drilling …this could make pocket of water that can't get back to the ocean ? My worry is not a short term suprise either but the avoidable but isn't avoidable because everyone doesn't worry cuz it's just so far off…kind of like global warming 🙂

    SKB Artistry

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Fracking is the last thing we Danes need. Our entire subterranean layer is made of chalk/calcium. So just nope. Nope to a point where Danes formed a human chain to stop the French company Total, from doing fracking here. When their fracking chemical mixture came to light, they were promptly kicked out of Denmark for breaking their contract with the Danish government which said that they were only allowed to do Fracking, if they didn't pollute our massive underground freshwater supplies, which we rely 100% on, on a daily basis.

    Kevin Lane

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Would you please produce a video about the pollution of the process of refining petroleum into products? I think the making of plastic causes some sort of air pollution, which would justify the use of bioplastic, even further. What I know for certain is the making of nylon produces Nitrous Oxide, which is 29,900% worse. I know it meas 300 times worse, but I like percentages more. Thank you.

    Melissa Bautz

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Fricking Fracking amazing Fracking Fracts about Fracking.

    Jay M

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Who is more guilty? Companies doing the fracking or the people using the energy derived from fracking?

    Tina McLaughlin

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    it is just bad. Not a good idea. electric cars, hover trucks to move stuff, and good old fasion walking are better. Keep the knowledge coming!

    jjschwartzkopf

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    I live in Erie Colorado. They are putting up a new fracking site everyday here. Its scary to me, but I just don't know how to stop this

    Dillon Carbajal

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    What if humans never drilled for oil, what would the oil have naturally done?

    Georgi Ion

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    there are people who don't have acces to clean water and look at the americans, wasting millions of gallons of water to contaminate even more water.

    Khanh Kha Minh

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Energy companies looking at shale wells be like: "Cuz tonight I'm fracking you! Oh wo oh! You know cuz tonight I'm fracking you"

    jaideep yadav

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    if facturing is reallyharmful then why it is used in oil gas industry

    Andy Au

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Can scishow tell us what the difference of the economic and ecological efficiency of burning oil in the internal combustion engine and in an electrical power plant? What is the difference between the enegry consumption-production ratios for algea crude and traditional crude oil?

    Nacho Chitiu

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    And the radioactive waste fluid?

    Slovakian, Slovenian or Russian troll

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    Fact about fracking: incredibly cheap energy.

    radzewicz

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    That was totally dumbass Hank: Burning Methane reduces the methane to CO2, Methane is way…y higher Greenhouse Potential than CO2. Burning methane reduces the GP of the carbons in the methane because it eliminates the methane, not adds to it!.

    Karen And Rhea

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    what do we know now, four years later, that you can add with a short update series – SciShow follow ups ?

    cmdr corp

    (December 8, 2018 - 3:23 am)

    The only danger fracking poses is the disposal and handling of the spent frack fluid. Spills on the site don't matter, you can't get liquids off of the pad during production when when the fluid is there. Many companies are investing in water treatment plants to treat the water and return it to a condition where it can be treated by existing facilities or to the point where it can be reused in a well later. Oil and gas do produce water as a by product. The vapor and and liquid water need to be stripped off and removed to burn. I don't know the exact amounts but over the producing life of the well, there should be little change. Much of the US has already been fracked by conventional wells and now lateral drilling is using the same techniques just on a far larger scale than previously seen. The difference in the water table makes it unlikely that the wells could contaminate the ground water and even with a democratic EPA with full funding and support, there are no confirmed cases that fracking causes water pollution that isn't from a spill or improper disposal. Fracking is only dangerous when the fluid is not properly disposed of. All earth moving, drilling and mining causes earthquakes. They may contribute, but no more in number or significance than other activity.

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