Pros and Cons of Frac Sand Mining

There are many differing opinions on whether Frac Sand Mining (fracking) can either benefit or hurt a community. Some of the major points are listed below:

Pros:

  • Natural gas prices stay at a low level
  • More jobs are created by fracking
  • Less greenhouse gas emissions than coal or oil
  • Less dependence on foreign energy

Cons:

  • Crystalline Silica dust in the air
  • Water Contamination
  • Potentially causes earthquakes
  • Chemical emissions released into the air

 

Resources:

http://www.michiganradio.org/post/fracking-natural-gas-benefits-and-risks

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/fracking-earthquake-conne_n_1752414.html

 

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