MARCELLUS SHALE&HYDROFRACKING (A LOVE STORY ) BY: ANA GUTIERREZ YVONNE GONZALEZ
MARCELLUS SHALE• Is a unit of marine sedimentary rock found in Eastern West America• Was created in the Devonian Era• Good for agriculture• Natural gasses are trapped (on the pores)
WHAT IS HYDROFRAKING?• The process of extracting natural gasses by drilling on the shale rock• Using pressurized “Fracking Fluids” (which are really chemical fluids), it creates a crack on the shale which allows the natural gas to flow from the rock into the wellbore at economic rates.
SO… WHAT ARE FRACKING FLUIDS (CHEMICAL FLUIDS)• A combination on water and thousands od different chemicals• Water chemicals• 4.5-5 million gallons over 50,000 gallons• WHICH CHEMICALS?• Benzene, Toulene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene, Dioxin, Cyclohexane, and many many many many more (….., etc, many)
WHAT’S SO WRONG WITH HYDROFRACKING?• the release of radioactive materials into the environment• it can also contaminate our surface water (drinking water)• it can deplete rivers and streams which can affect our water supply• Leaking into ground water (remember the chemicals we mentioned before…yeahh….)
…..SO THE GOOD NEWS ARE:• It can create many jobs• It can fix our economy• Ummm create energy• Ummm what else…. It helps• the government?
DENIAL• “ NOT JUST A RIVER THAT FLOWS WITH FRACK FLUID”
WHAT CAN WE DO?• There are many campaigns against hydrofracking you can join one ( NYPIRG, NYS- DEC)• You can leave comments on rdGEIS- which is a document that lays out a plan for permitting hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the State.http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/76838.html• By calling governor Cuomo