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Defusing the explosive conversation on fracking

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Hydraulic fracturing started out as an “exploding torpedo” back in 1865. Today, the actual process has made giant technological strides, but now, it’s the topic that’s explosive. 
Because of a lack of understanding about the process, reactions are often “explosive” —even to the point of causing family feuds. The biggest concerns are about water and chemicals.
Water
There are accusations that fracking is taking billions of gallons of water out of the hydrologic cycle — which poses an exacerbated problem in the arid southwest.
The process of hydraulic fracturing has advanced from the first nitroglycerin “torpedo,” and well acidizing of the 1930s, to the modern mix of high pressure, water, and chemicals that began in the 1940s — and it continues to evolve.
Today, less and less freshwater is being used. A typical frack job can use two to three million gallons of water and lasts about three days. The procedure can result in decades of oil or gas production.


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