Fracking and Mining

Will Cotton and Andrew Corkhum

What is it?

Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.

How is it done?

The Process of Fracking

Up to 600 chemicals, including Lead, Uranium, and Mercury, are shot into the ground through a drilled pipeline. The chemicals reach the end of the well it causes the shale rock to crack. Natural gas then flows into the well. Methane and other chemicals contaminate the nearby groundwater.


Fracking releases dangerous chemicals into the ground, causing the groundwater to get contaminated. This affects our drinking water and is very unhealthy for the environment.

Different Types of MIning

The different types of mining are surface mining and sub-surface mining.Surface mining is on the surface of the Earth, and is much more common. Sub-surface mining is mining below the surface of the Earth. Surface mining is easier and safer than sub-surface mining. Sub-surface mining is difficult and expensive to dig. Surface mining creates a bigger mess, and sub-surface mining releases particulates into the air.
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