Natural Gas & Oil in Colorado
By: Katie Megerle
What is fracking ?
Pros & Cons about fracking
~ In the past few years the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, recorded that they hired more than 72,000 gas and oil jobs from the increase of horizontal drilling and fracking for natural gas.
~ Natural gas from fracking has cut carbon pollution by 20%
~ 8 million gallons of water is used to do 1 fracking job.
~ During the process, methane gas and toxic chemicals can leak out of the well and contaminate near by water that we use to drink daily. These chemicals can cause respiratory, and neurological damage due to the contaminated water.
~ 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billion gallons of chemicals are needed to run our current gas wells.
~ It can cause earthquakes where they have never happened.
Pros & Cons about oil and natural gas
~ Natural gas is widley used and contributes to 21% of the world energy production.
~ For natural gas there is no residue or waste to deal with after we burn it.
~ Oil is very abundant and is very useful
~ Oil industries also create many jobs in the U.S.A
~ Oil is not a natural resource, so is we use it all at once, it will tak emillions of years to get more.
~ If the United States runs out of oil, then we would have to buy from other countries and it's very expensive.
~ Natural oil contains 80-95% of methane, a potent green house gas.