What is fracking?
What is fracking, our concerns and research.
What is fracking?
Fracking is short for ‘high volume high volume hydraulic fracturing’, an extraction process designed to release trapped gas from shale rock. Firstly, a well is drilled vertically to about 7-10,000 ft, then drilled horizontally for up to two miles.
A mixture of water, chemicals and sand is then pumped down the well at very high pressure. This creates cracks in the shale, allowing trapped gas to travel up the well to the surface, along with large quantities of contaminated waste water.
Coal Bed Methane production is a very similar process to fracking, but involves extracting gas from coal seams instead of shale rock.
Based on independent scientifically verified research, Frack Free United believe fracking operations pose risks to soil, water and air from leaks and spills, with impacts on health and well-being, the environment and to our climate
Frack Free United believe that fracking is not only incompatible with the UK’s climate change commitments, it is also undermining a growing renewable energy sector with a significant potential for jobs, exports and prosperity
We are concerned that multiple wells on multiple sites with thousands of HGV movements, processing plants, new pipelines and associated infrastructure will industrialise our countryside, and will have severe impacts on our health and environment.
Fracking reports and studies
We have curated the most commonly cited peer reviewed papers and articles on fracking below. This page will be updated regularly to keep up with new developments
Fracking spills - Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites
Economic Briefing paper - The Potential Impact of Shale Gas Extraction (SGE) in Yorkshire
House of Commons - Environmental Audit Committee - Environmental risks of fracking
The Ethical and Moral considerations of Fracking - A briefing paper by the Right Reverand Graham Cray.
Climate change - Fracking and methane emissions
House prices - Fear of fracking:
Traffic pollution - Fracking could lead to a 30% rise in traffic pollution