The Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracking

Posted: April 20, 2012
The Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracking

Hydraulic fracking isn't just another way to swear in Battlestar Galactica. It's also a controversial method of drilling the ground for natural gas and petroleum. Kevin Pereira talks to Professor Tony Ingraffea from Cornell University on its environmental impact on our water, our ground and climate change.

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  • nikky_dean

    To Scott, if there are issues everywhere fracking is taking place then why have i not had any problems? The area in which I live has been active in the energy industry for as long as I can remember. Our waters just fine. Not only that but what would you propose we do to extract this energy from the ground? I mean you use it every single day in almost everything you do. Whether that natural gas is heating your home or creating the electricity that runs your coffee maker and the computer you used to type your post. I might also add that natural gas is 60% cleaner burning than coal will ever be and just as abundant. Maybe we should just import it from Russia like we do most of our oil from the Saudis. That way we lose American jobs and can focus more tax dollars on awesome green comapanys like Solindra. Like the guy in the clip stated, be careful who you vote for in November. Keep Obama in office and pay more for government waste so they can tell us all how to live. Im all for protecting our environment and being smart about energy. Im also a realist and I do realize that we need energy and alot of it.

    Posted: April 24, 2012 6:09 AM
  • ScottCannon

    Thank you for using my clip of Sherry Vargson lighting her tap on fire. I now feel more "hip" to be part of your show! In reply to Chase's comment, I've always heard "There's no concern for hydraulic fracking of wells". That is a lie. Although there is risk from the chemicals 1 or 2 miles below, the big problem is that disturbing the ground is causing methane migration. It does not matter how deep you drill to have that occour. There are issues everywhere fracking is being done.

    Posted: April 21, 2012 9:55 AM
  • jrc1

    ever played Fracture? i think it was exclusive for ps3. dope game they need to make a sequel

    Posted: April 20, 2012 2:49 PM
  • Rowdie

    G4 really needs to stick to tech and nerdutainment.

    Posted: April 20, 2012 1:34 PM
  • chase.denowh

    I am a oil feild worker in North Dakota and most of this was about shallow well gas wells. While most of the information was correct there is no concern for hydraulic fracking of deep wells. the wells that are being drill in the Bakken formation are 2 miles deep and are not going to effect ground water. I would like people to become more informed on the subject before they draw any conclusion on this subject.

    Posted: April 20, 2012 10:56 AM