Fracking explained: opportunity or danger

  • Published on: 03 September 2013
  • Fracking explained in five minutes.

    Fracking is a controversial topic. On the one side the gas drilling companies, on the other citizen opposed to this drilling method. Politicians are also divided on the matter.
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  • Uranus
    Uranus   8 hours ago

    It feels so fucking weird without your intro.

  • Chaosruler
    Chaosruler   1 days ago

    Interestingly enough there no mention of earthquake induced by fracking as a con

  • Cake ewe
    Cake ewe   2 days ago

    So you are telling that the voice of this channel comes from a website so I can hire him to say something?Cool

  • Bart BAS
    Bart BAS   4 days ago

    The author of the video must stop using the gas in his house, and stop driving the car, otherwise he puts our planet in danger!

  • Lord Slongo
    Lord Slongo   5 days ago

    I found this video after watching “The Dead Don’t Die”.

  • Scott Glennon
    Scott Glennon   2 weeks ago

    They should do that shit on Yellowstone, I wanna see some action.

  • Thor A. Sic
    Thor A. Sic   2 weeks ago

    These shale layers are so far beneath water aquifers, that it would be impossible to seep up and contaminate them. The drill holes are encased in cement and steel. Any water aquifer close enough to one of these shale layers to be contaminated would be already contaminated with hydrocarbons from the shale and would be so deep that it wouldn't make sense to pump water out of it.

  • Khent Balaba
    Khent Balaba   3 weeks ago

    Fucking explained : Opportunity or Danger

  • Wolf
    Wolf   3 weeks ago

    This is part of why in a couple million years we'll have really interesting rocks

  • eight
    eight   3 weeks ago

    Why isn't the toxic fracking fluid dumped in the outer space?

  • SuSmallville
    SuSmallville   3 weeks ago

    Battlestar Galactica just left the chat room...

  • Meet Bhanushali
    Meet Bhanushali   3 weeks ago

    Damn 69k likes on this video and 69 likes on his pinned comment

  • L2design
    L2design   4 weeks ago

    Houston STINKS of BENZENE.... they are killing people there

  • Pixel
    Pixel   1 months ago

    tfw your geography teacher uses this video when teaching fracking

  • 19MAD95
    19MAD95   1 months ago

    I guess impermeable rock suddenly became permeable.

  • alexgqh
    alexgqh   1 months ago

    Is it true that they pump the fracking fluid back into the ground after they're finished? If so, can anyone please explain the purpose of why they do this?

  • cherb23
    cherb23   1 months ago

    The average oilfield worker gets drunk 3 times a week plus weed and cocaine.

  • Tommy Vercetti
    Tommy Vercetti   1 months ago

    3:05 Yay, more shit for us young people to deal with in the future! If there were only one or several sources of some kind of energy that don't contaminate and don't run out... oh, well, at least corporations are making mUneH!!

  • Bill Tipton
    Bill Tipton   1 months ago

    Have to say I love the self-righteous people in here complaining about every energy source there is yet they do nothing in their daily lives to mitigate any damage. Just a bunch of keyboard Warriors who are basically hypocrites. I asked you what have you done personally help the environment have you given up any of the luxuries that these energy sources afford you? Do you do anything beyond recycling? Do you contribute anything other than posting on the web? If you do then you are the exception not the rule.

  • Mahmood Shaikh
    Mahmood Shaikh   1 months ago

    What if GUAR GUM POWDER which is the key for shall gas extraction which currently gives 5500CPS of Viscosity is Enhanced in such a way that it gives a 8500CPS value, The game changing SECRET will change the Whole Economic Dynamics of 70$per Barrel to 40$ per Barrel of oil prices feasibility formula.......A Pakistan have got this SECRET

  • 頑張れRui
    頑張れRui   1 months ago

    Is this American English or British English?

  • Mary M
    Mary M   1 months ago

    Depleting natural water resources while reintroducing it as poison back into the earth. Who knows the long term damage to our communities. Not to mention the air pollution and earthquakes this also causes. Make your vote count in 2020 for those who want to save our planet.

  • Matthew
    Matthew   1 months ago

    This really fracked me up..

  • Matthew
    Matthew   1 months ago

    I would like to know how much energy the fracking process uses VS how much energy it extracts. I’d also like to know more about the pollutant risks and chemicals used

  • денис баженов

    How poor US are if to get some natural gas they ruin their environment.China and Europe can afford solar and wind energy, and not US?