Talks of fracking in the UK is prompting people to invest in water filters for their homes due to the potential risk of underground water contamination as a result of the process.
So what is fracking?
Fracking is a process of drilling down into the earth and injecting water, sand and chemicals into the rock in order to release the gas inside.
Why is it controversial?
Fracking in the US has caused huge environmental issues. The process uses massive amounts of water that has to be transported to the fracking site.
The second is the worry that potentially cancerous chemicals used may escape and contaminate the groundwater in the area where the fracking is taking place. This could have disastrous effect on the local water supply and has resulted in a huge rise in the number of people investing in Water-to-Go bottles.
There’s also concerns that fracking can cause minor earthquakes as well. Fracking in Blackpool in 2011 resulted in two small earthquakes!
Will I be affected by fracking?
It’s expected fracking will happen in up to six locations in Lancashire over the next few years, starting in 2014. Under new guidelines areas affected by fracking will receive £100,000 in community benefits and 1% of revenues. A Lancashire campaign group has stated that the benefit packages would go nowhere near to compensating those affected!
What do you think about fracking in the UK?