Why Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant
There is little dispute in both scientific and business communities that groundwater protection and water usage in general at hydrofracking sites provide the biggest challenges for this young and promising industry. To date, criticism of fracking has focused mainly on concerns that the chemicals energy companies are mixing with the water could contaminate underground aquifers. Although hydrofracking has been used for decades, the technology has become more powerful and more widely used in recent years, producing far more wastewater and attracting much more public and regulatory scrutiny. The hydrofracking process involves injecting large amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, at high pressures to break up rock formations and release the gas or oil. If not used properly, hydrofracking carries the potential to contaminate groundwater.