What is fracking?

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An ecology company called Arbtech just made an infographic about fracking. It should provide a useful resource for people wanting to know more about fracking. They also have it chopped up into the different sections if you’d prefer to only use part of it.
Note: the licensing area of Ireland are not fully correct.

background_balloons_and_boxes_with_textFracking All Ireland Campaign info leaflethttp://frackingfreeireland.org/info-to-download/posters/

Fracking explained opportunity or danger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uti2niW2BRA

Fracking info lealfet New Zealand – Fracking – information sheet1

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing,(unconventional gas extraction)  this is a highly industrial process involving pumping a mix of water, sand and chemicals under huge pressure into gas bearing rock.

Fracking explained:





View Power Point Presentation – by Ineke Scholte:
Power Point Presentation  (version 2) – https://www.dropbox.com/s/xyzroyq36osriuf/FRACKING%20comes%20to%20IRELAND%202.ppt?dl=0
Power Point Presentation (version 1) https://www.dropbox.com/s/8vjije2jd9gl4m4/FRACKING%20comes%20to%20IRELAND.ppt?dl=0

View Power Point Presentation- by Aedin Mc Loughlin and others: http://frackingfreeireland.org/info-to-download/power-point-presentation/

‘Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing explained by children.WMV ‘

Created by Brigitta Varadi. Thank you for Dr Aedin McLoughlin who wrote the script and Janice Daly for her creative input, Leah (12) and Abbi (9) who designed and created the story boards and for David Michalek who inspired the work.

View the animation video http://www.youtube.com/user/brigittavaradi#p/a/u/0/yIFP0bk_AaY


How it works – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DniNIvE69SE&NR=1
Information movie about hydraulic fracturing by a company

Hydraulic fracturing, is  a process known as fracking. It is a controversial way to extract natural gas that is  trapped in shale rock, a couple of miles underground.

Shale  and gas

  • Gas can be found deep into the earth, in a well or in rocks.
  • Shale is a type of rock with thin layers of clay or mud.
  • Shale often contains both free and absorbed gas.
  • Shale gas is a so called  “unconventional” source of natural gas.

Hydraullic fracturing or fracking

Source: http://www.halliburton.com/

  • Vertical drilling to shale layer; 6,000ft is over a mile, over 2,5 km
  • At shale layer,  the drill turns and moves horizontally.
  • The drill is removed and a steel pipe pushed down the shaft.
  • Cement is poured around the pipe to act as barrier.
  • Small explosions are set off in the shale layer, fracturing it.
  • Water + sand + chemicals are pumped in at high pressure to enlarge the cracks and release the gas
  • Waste water will be reused and stored in open basins
  • Gas will be transported in pipe line
The steps of the process are visual outlined by Halliburton, a fracking company.

How a pad looks like, according to the companies.
Source: http://www.oerb.com

2.5 acres concrete platform, access road, drill, water pit, trucks, containers, pipes, machinery.  One every 2-4 km.

This is what Shell says…








…..and this is the actual drill site









Will be this your ‘panoramic’ view?….







…and this your pond?








A drill site….









…and  your new industrial area!





Source: Karoo Anti Hydraulic Fracturing  http://kahfan.blogspot.com/p/more-pictures.html


Fracking, Greenpeace website – http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/The-Problem/fracking/
Our friends at DeSmog Blog have produced a thorough report called Fracking the Future