Fracking is mentioned in the news more each day. What is Hydraulic Fracturing and how will it affect operators? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hydraulic Fracturing, also known as fracking or fracing, is a well-stimulation process used to maximize the extraction of underground resources – oil, natural gas and geothermal energy. The quantity of water required and the millions of gallons of wastewater produced from fracing can have an impact on both sides of the water industry.
The links below are videos that provide various pros and cons to hydraulic fracturing.
The natural gas extraction from hydraulic fracturing is vital to our nation’s clean energy future. The Safe Drinking Water Act’s (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program excluded hydraulic fracturing, except when diesel fuels are used, for oil, gas or geothermal production from regulation under the UIC program, which raised questions about permitting practices. The EPA revised the UIC Class II permitting guidance specific to oil and gas hydraulic fracturing that used diesel fuels. While specific to hydraulic fracturing that require diesel fuels, the guidance recommended the best procedures for hydraulic fracturing in general.
How is fracing in Kentucky different that in other states? Get the Frac Facts!
Whether your opinions on hydraulic fracturing are positive or negative, it’s important to stay informed because of the impact it could have on the waters in Kentucky.