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Fracking is on the cards for th UK now and not enough data has passed to us. Many MP's in the UK are doubtful that it will ever come into practice. But with oil and gas power staions being cut short by four years something is needed to bridge the gap...... It will most likely be fracking.

The UK is now considering using fracking using underground pipe lines. There is some concern as to the impact on the environment. But the system itself does seem to work. As of Feb 2012 the UK has no more oil or coal power plants that means we are now just left with gas. I personally think that fracking could be a good thing.

Great article. I found it quite interesting that, although the chemicals may account for less than 1% of the fracking mix, the mixture involves 1-5 million gallons of water. So, not even accounting for the volume of sand involved, this means 10,000 to 50,000 gallons of chemicals per well. From a layman's perspective, its hard for me to imagine that, with such a huge volume of chemicals pumped into the ground (although ostensibly extracted afterwards), significant amounts would not escape and eventually make it into groundwater.

Interesting article! Although I agree that citizens will benefit from the disclosure requirements--mostly through gaining a greater awareness of the potential risks of nearby "fracking" operations, I'm not sure the information will be a game changer for those communities where operations are ongoing. I agree with the author that communities would benefit from further studies assessing the factors in those cases where there has been contamination and whether it was the result of human error or faulty construction.

I have spent quite a bit of time researching the chemicals used in fracking and it seems like the only way to get any data in bulk form on fracking chemicals disclosures is from http://pivotupstreamgroup.com/D-FRAC.aspx (D-FRAC). I tried the Frac Focus site but it will only let you have info one well at a time... and there are just too many well frackings for this.

Some of the chemicals used seem benign, like guar gum, but others are known to be very toxic to the environment.

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