What Is Hydraulic Fracturing?  If you watch the news you will know that this is a very current topic at the moment in the UK

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a process used in nine out of 10 natural gas wells in the United States, where millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart the rock and release the gas. Shell and BP as well as other energy producers are considering fracking here in the UK.  Some estimates predict that there is enough natural gas under us to provide all of our natural gas needs for the next 50 years.

Scientists are worried that the chemicals used in fracturing may pose a threat either underground or when waste fluids are handled and  sometimes spilled on the surface. It may even be the cause of earthquakes and land subsidence. When something as controversial as this is proposed a lot of research is done then MPís Debate in the Houses of parliament.  as well as local debates with people who will be most affected by the mining. Although it does not affect us here in the South East at the moment it could do if you were to move to an area that does have the right sort of geology.


The task.

In groups of 2-3 of your own choosing you are to research the positive and negative aspects of fracking and create a poster on these.  Try to give a balanced view.

you may use the lined paper on the front desk to make notes and develop your ideas.  continue with this for prep if you can. Do not worry about handing in your notes.

I have tried to find web sites that cover both sides of the argument so as to give you a balanced view. 

I have split them up into some basic groups

These give a basic overview plus_energy_101.pdf


These are from the BBC


These are from the guardian newspaper


These are from Shell or BP- two of the oil companies in question


These are from the other sources that may be useful|pcrid|19965568 009|pkw|fracking|pmt|p



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