For many centuries, countries including the United States have been searching for new ways to obtain an alternate source of energy. During the 1940’s, Hydraulic fracking (hydrofracking) or horizontal well drilling became the method of choice for obtaining natural gas. According to the 2010, report Fueling North America’s Energy …show more content…
Even though our NYC watershed is protected by buffer zones, methane contamination is likely. “An estimated 9 to 35 percent of the fracking, or "flowback," fluid flows back up the well-bore over a period of about two weeks. The rest remains below the earth 's surface and has the potential to move through cracks in well casings or the target substrate into surrounding rock and eventually to migrate into and contaminate groundwater sources for waterways and drinking supplies” (Journal of Law and Policy, 2011, …show more content…
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