It seems a lot of folks are really concerned about “potential problems” with Oil and Gas Well Fracing. The media as we know will jump on any controversy and blow it out of proportion. First let’s separate Oil Field Fracs from Water Well Fracturing as they are only remote cousins.
Oil Field Fracs are a huge operation; they pump fluids including water, acids and polymers into the ground at extremely high pressures. This is a highly valuable tool which helps us get the energy we crave. Fracing increases oil/gas yield many times, thus reducing the costs of production. Anyone who has a gripe with gas prices should have no gripe with that. A standard Water Well Frac is a small operation that simply uses high pressure water to open-up and wash out existing fractures in the ground. This normally increases water production many fold. With anything there is risk and with risk there should be a cost-benefit analysis. Fracing has proven itself very beneficial. — David Nequette