Oil Drilling in Texas
By: Landon Sadler
How Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Affects the Water
Oil drilling uses a hydraulic fracking technique that shoots water into the ground at high speeds which breaks down the rock and plows deeper into the earth. This technique uses billions of gallons of water each year and cannot reuse the same water when fracking. Water is a very precious resource in Texas and is very limited. Oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico have also been known to harm the environment in many different ways.
How Oil Drilling Affects the Land
Oil drilling leads to the burning of fossil fuels or the making of plastic. Plastic is a very cheap and durable resource but is not good for the environment because it does not decompose very quickly and takes up a lot of space in landfills. The burning of fossil fuels then leads to air pollution which can harm the land in a variety of ways. It causes air pollution which can lead to very bad things for the atmosphere.
1.What is hydraulic fracking?
2. Why would drilling in areas that do not have a lot of water affect the environment and humans in nearby town?