Fracking operations could take place in some of the geographical regions of the globe that have a high population leaving an adverse effect on both the natural and man-made surroundings. For instance, a large number of Americans have witnessed fracking operations taking place within a mile of their residential areas. However, the people who suffer from these activities do not receive any compensation for the disturbances caused by this intrusive industrial presence.
Fracking operations consume large amounts of water, approximately 2-20 million gallons. Moreover, fracking-related operations such as drilling and extraction also demand lots of water, about 25 percent, which further drains the water reservoirs and putting the habitats at the risk of lacking fresh water for domestic purposes (Benusic 238). On the same note, the vehicles used in tracking operations are heavy trucks that make numerous trips on the roads back and forth increasing their wear and tear process (Tucker 12). The burden of repairing these infrastructures lies with the governments, which constitute an additional expenditure at the expense of the taxpayer.
Some of the states that are already battling the negative aspects of fracking include Pennsylvania, Colorado, as well as Ohio. These communities have woken up to the shock of drilling rigs having popped up next to their living areas. As a result, these citizens experience a low-quality life (Whalen para 2). Moreover, whereas some of these communities live in upcountry areas, the adverse impacts of fracking have transformed their lives into industrial lifestyles where they have to battle sanitation challenges. It is thus conclusive to say that fracking as an industrial process reflects the poor planning by the authorities where the officials care about the financial gain but not about the welfare of the residents.
Tucker, Charlotte. “Health concerns of ‘fracking’ drawing increased attention: EPA conducting studies on health effects.” The Nation’s Health 42.2 (2012): 1-14.
Whalen, Christina. “The Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing, Horizontal Drilling, and Acidization in California.” (2014).
Benusic, M. “Fracking in BC: A public health concern.” BC Medical Journal55.5 (2013): 238-239.