Have you ever heard of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking?” If you haven’t, you will soon. Fracking is a process of drilling thousands of feet into the earth and creating small explosions to “fracture” hard shale rocks, which then release natural gas. Extremely pressurized water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock. Gas then flows out into a well.
The future of energy in Ohio and across the country may very well be a future built on natural gas. If that turns out to be the case, it will likely be because of the growing use of a drilling method called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. It's effective and lucrative, and it comes with some noteworthy public safety risks and hazards.
How do you think we should proceed with fracking here in Ohio? What are your concerns?