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Mathew Naismith

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Is hydraulic fracturing the answer especially when you take in consideration the environmental impact it is having?

Hydraulic fracturing is polluting the underground water which comes up through the cracks caused by the fracturing of the rock & ends up in our water ways. I think we have enough pollutants to deal with above & below the ground now!!

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    Jan 16 2013: Fracking is a very controversial subject and very recently it has been given the get go in SA.

    In the context of South Africa I actually believe that fracking could do some good.

    The major issue with fracking is of course the environmental issues but after briefly looking into this subject I believe that these are primarily due to a lack of safety nets and an overall terrible implementation in the USA which is my primary example of fracking. The issues of waste disposal, impermeable wells and water contamination need to be strictly regulated which in the past has not been the case. Compared to other energy sources and their mining methods fracking has the potential to be a lot cleaner and arguably better as fracking gives off less emmisions than coal mining for example as well as providing a much safer working environment for the workers/miners.

    Fracking results in rewards and quickly and is therefore especially useful in the current financial times.

    I am personally for fracking but to tell you the truth it is all about how it is implemented

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