Unconventional Fossil Fuels

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The high volume hydraulic fracturing technique “fracking” has triggered health concerns and harsh environmental impacts. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) made changes in the existing database of registered chemicals to help to improve the search of information on registered substances used for the purposes of fracking. Chemicals known to be used in fracking have into water supplies.

Chemicals used in fracking: Benzene, Lead, Mercury, and Uranium

Most chemicals used in fracking are not detectable by the human eye, and oftentimes can not be detected by smell or tastes.

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The commission wants to ensure that the risks of individual projects are controlled to have limited impacts on the environment in states that wish to exploit such resources. Member states are required to follow a set of minimum principles when applying their legislation to production using fracking.

The EU existing legislation covers issues such as: planning, underground risk assessments, well integrity, baseline reporting and operational monitoring, capture of methane emissions, and disclosure of chemicals used in each well. The commission has inserted review clause to assess the effectiveness of this approach. The network has collected information on unconventional oil and gas in the EU which will help technology emerge in order for well stimulation.

References:

http://www.clearwatersystems.com/chemicals-used-in-fracking-are-ending-up-in-your-drinking-water/

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/energy/unconventional_en.htm

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5 thoughts on “Unconventional Fossil Fuels

  1. This is an interesting subject that is relevant today! The Trump administration will not hesitate to use fracking as a means to extract oil even if it will negatively impact the environment. They even utilize fracking in the Arctic where it can hurt the wildlife and contaminate the water. It was estimated that at least 5 billion barrels of oil can be extracted from north Alaska (Newsweek, 2017). It is very important to have more regulations in place to prevent fracking abuse. The underground risk assessments you stated can serve as important tools to determine if an area could be fracked.

    Source: Newsweek, 2017: http://www.newsweek.com/alaska-oil-fracking-oil-and-gas-arctic-keystone-pipeline-keystone-xl-583982

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  2. The effects of fracking could potentially be devastating and it is downright depressing that the current US administration overlooks all of these in order to make a quick buck. Like you mentioned, contaminating the water sources nearby is always a risk. Apparently some people think fracking is good for the environment in that it prevents large scale earthquakes by generating small scale earthquakes, but no one can really predict mother nature. I hope that’s not one of the reasons behind the insistence on fracking. Like it was mentioned above, there need to be many more regulations on fracking, however it looks like that will never happen unfortunately.

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  3. Fracking should be banned, it has terrible consequences. The cost it causes is not worth what they use fracking for. There are more sustainable methods that can be used to work energy and provide jobs. We should be focusing on the sustainable ways of producing energy more and distinguish regulations over the companies that are responsible.

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  4. The use of fossil fuels is a practice that we should be preparing to get rid of on a large scale. It’s time that people view the use of fossil fuels as a practice of a primative civilization. Society has evolved so much technologically that we should be able to move forward especially in the what we use for energy.

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  5. Fracking definitely has its effects on the environment. Like most of the commons above, there are so many more other alternatives than using fossil fuels. As much as they think we rely on it, it’s really not worth jeopardizing the safety of the environment and planet. We need to push for the use of more sustainable energy sources.

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