Future Of Fracking In Georgia Dependent On Several Issues

In this March 25, 2014 photo, workers keep an eye on well heads during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. oil well, near Mead, Colo. The first experimental use of hydraulic fracturing was in 1947, and more than 1 million U.S. oil and oil wells have been fracked since, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it’s commonly known, is sometimes a polarizing issue, one that has sparked heated debates between environmentalists and energy advocates.

Fracking opponents argue that the process of fracking, which involves injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the earth to release the natural gas in rocks, is dangerous for several reasons, including the contamination risk to groundwater.

Supporters maintain fracking is a safe way to extract energy from the ground, that it’s a form of clean energy and that it creates jobs.

Senior energy attorney with Southern Environmental Law Center Kurt Ebersbach and Dr. Chloe Arson with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech joined hosts Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “Closer Look” to discuss fracking and hydraulic fracturing in Georgia.