fracking…what’s in the water?


I’ve been writing some of my recent blog posts about the process of fracking…drilling down and then across to extract oil or natural gas from deposits deep in the earth.

This post, I thought I’d write about the chemicals used in the process.

It seems that there is often damage done to the environment wherever fracking takes place…but it’s a small price to pay to satisfy our energy needs, right?

This post is about the chemicals that they send down the well along with the water they use.

I thought it was going to be a short list….some noxious chemicals that I could mention in a couple of lines and then get on with describing the damage they cause.

Click on the link above…it’s a full page of some pretty bad sounding chemicals…. (and glance at the simple map of well sites while you’re there…lots of holes with lots of chemicals, it looks like).

Here’s a short excerpt to wet whet your appetite….

hydrochloric acid, glutaraldehyde, Quaternary Ammonium Chloride, Tetrakis Hydroxymethyl-Phosphonium Sulfate, Ammonium Persulfate, Sodium Chloride….

etc., etc., etc.

I could give myself carpal tunnel just copy and pasting this list…just click on the link.

I don’t know if you had the same reaction to the list that I did.  I’m not a chemist, but a lot of that stuff looks like it wouldn’t make a good addition to my drinking water.

I guess the only good thing about all this fracking stuff is that I’ll have some gas to drive somewhere else to live.

There’s always an upstream to every story.

More later…this is pretty crazy.

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