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What the Frack!

No it’s not the fictional expletive from the original Battlestar Galatica series.


A new word this author discovered today


 If you know the answer a person in Pakistan on www.freelancer.com.au will pay you for the answer.

So………What the Frak is Frack?

A novices guide:

 An abbreviation for hydraulic fracturing. A process used in drilling for natural gas. 

A scrumptious rich black seam of rock is discoverered wherein lies pockets of trapped bubbles of gas.  An energy company gets hungry and gleeingly rubbing hands together liberates the gas by fracking it.  

 The gas is fracked by forcefully injecting chemicals and  millions of tonnes of water down a well bore into the rock. The fracking breaches the earth creating a fissure through which the natural gas passes.

Fracking process- Diagram

The wells are driven deep underground but when the chemicals used in the process rise to the surface they come in contact with ground water, arousing contamination fears. The water used in the process not only flows back the chemicals and water used in the original process but contaminants from deep inside the earth.

Gas extraction= Nasty chemicals, waste water, industrial process and possible ground water contamination.

I guess this novice is curious now!

What the Frack!