Shale gas is big business in the United States already, with Halliburton just one corporation ready to make and take big bucks using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, to make the most around deposits.
Last November TechEye exposed how hydraulic fracturing is screwing up rural folk with careless projects that inexplicably were given the go-ahead.
The problem with fracking is that natural gases and chemicals involved in the process have an awkward tendency of finding themselves in the local water supplies. Robert Evans late last year says: “Over 250 different chemicals have been discovered in that ‘fluid’ so far, including carcinogens like benzene, arsenic and polycyclic aromatics.”
Not to mention the presumably unwanted side effect of, literally, setting your tap water on fire.