Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, fractures layers of rock with a highly pressurized fluid, which is made up of water, slurry, and various, frequently dangerous, chemical compounds. Fracking is occurring all over the U.S. to mine for natural gas and is increasing in frequency and scope.
There are many environmental concerns with fracking, including air quality risks, mishandling of the pressurized fluid waste, and contamination of ground water. Contamination of ground water is a huge problem and has already occurred in several states. In fact, some home owners who sold the mineral rights to their property to companies that frack found themselves with flammable drinking water, despite using an under sink water filter.
If you are concerned about fracking and want to know about the potential hazards it can cause to drinking water and other environmental impacts, we recommend that you watch the documentary entitled Gasland by Josh Fox. Fracking is only increasing in popularity and will impact our environment for years to come. There are of course lots of sources of information although you should be sure that you try and read only from reputable sources. One of my favorite is the BBC website which has loads of environmental information plus lots of documentaries and news programmes. You can’t watch from outside the UK unless you use a tool like this UK proxy server
Using these tools means you can switch your virtual location by hiding your real address. It’s useful for accessing content which is restricted to a specific country especially for watching local news sites online. Some of the best allow connections to servers in different countries too. For example there is a lot of coverage on the French media which can be accessed from the US by bouncing your connection through a France proxy server to hide your location.