Fracking explained: opportunity or danger

Published on Sep 3, 2013

Fracking explained in five minutes. Fracking is a controversial topic. On the one side the gas drilling companies, on the other citizen opposed to this drilling method. Politicians are also divided on the matter. We try to take a neutral look on fracking. It is relevant for all of us, because of high prices for energy and the danger for our drinking water. This video focuses mostly on the debate currently ongoing in europe. In a lot of european countries there is a public outcry against fracking, espacially in germany. But the facts in this video are relevant to all of us. Short videos, explaining things. For example Evolution, the Universe, Stock Market or controversial topics like Fracking. Because we love science. We would love to interact more with you, our viewers to figure out what topics you want to see. If you have a suggestion for future videos or feedback, drop us a line! :) We're a bunch of Information designers from munich, visit us on facebook or behance to say hi! Fracking explained: opportunity or danger Help us caption & translate this video!

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Jeremy Dirr
Just another reason to be ashamed to be an American.
Hippo Biscuit
Excuse me what the Frack?
Frack off! We don’t want oil anymore.
Master Piece
There`s nothing new when it comes to man made cotastrophe`s, this fracking will set another fine example of that very existence.
ɞѧṅѧṅѧ 130
I thought the title saidFucking explained
Mmmk, fracking is bad. Don't do fracking mmmk
Wyvern Apalis
Bio fuel like ethanol is actually great because a lot of that energy actually came from the sun, people should use that more
Wyvern Apalis
Contamination because of negligence? Pretty sure it’s greed
Random YouTuber
Stop that fracking boi!
Ste con La
2018 the oil price is going down fast
You said the chemical “compressed the water”? How do you compress a fluid???
Miles Barnett
Thanks mr peanut butter
I watch a ton of your videos and this is the only one i gave a thumbs down, this topics was not research enough before producing the video. Even how the well is seal at the end of its life and the type of different types sealant used (cement) are incorrect, it really gives a misconception. The depth fracing is perform vs the depth of ground water and the geological layers of rock formation are not mentioned in this video. If these are mentioned it will convey how oil not not simply seep into ground water and how its impossible for that to occurred with downhole fluids as well.
James X
Let's leave loads of shite chemicals in the earth, yeah that sounds safe! Why don't we just move from gas heating yo electrical heating if we're running out of natural gas? At least electricity can be made from renewables
RED mind
I hate this economy, all based on killing our world to provide more for more human, and everything will end when we destroy our world .I said we because we are the consumers of what they make from destroying the world....
Pierre Eveno
And once again...USA doesn't give a f*ck
Alex .975
We need nuclear energy Fusion or fission
Renewable energy is a non-starter. We use thousands of times more fossil fuels than either solar or wind. Double them, triple them, quadruple them, etc. and they are still trivial. What's worse, since they are intermittent, we end up using mostly fracked gas to provide electricity when renewables aren't working and power is still being demanded. There is nothing wrong with fracking if the wells are dug to normal regulatory standards, but it can be a problem when they aren't. It has made a big contribution to the US's oil and gas production but that begs the question on global warming. Needless to say, it doesn't help. There is only one thing that will and that is nuclear, either fission or fusion. And despite what you may have been told, global warming is a very serious problem.
we have to recycle more to demand less oil
Kaptain Eik
It's in the fracking ground!
it's a danger. Period.
Potato Sauc3
We're all gonna die! It's zombie Apocalypse time!
blue_ pacman11
No fracing way
Clarice Partridge
I am still a bit cinfused on what fracking is . I have to learn this for an exam but I just cant understand . Yes I am stupid . Is fracking the process of putting greenhouse gases in the Earth and extracting it or is it just the first part or what
Voluptuous Penguin
Why does this remind me of the opening scenes in Man of Steel, in which the Kryptonians have reached the point of harvesting the planet's core for energy. Is this the beginning of the technological limits to the Fermi Paradox in which an advanced civilization wipes themselves out?
Dabbing Unicorn
“Quite a fracking boom”
Night Hawk
Bojack Horseman brought me here.
The chemicals compress the water?
The Egg
Myr Hope
It's ignorant to think that the benefits outweigh the risks, especially since we don't even understand the risks. It will be one of those 'oh well, hindsight is a wonderful thing' moments when something goes horribly wrong.
moist faucet
it is the same thing just different name. what is the point ? it is a natural Gas just different way to extract it.
Tom Walters
I fart for Methane than a fracking well
3:15 formic acid is extremely toxic? It is even a food component E236 in Europe and is considered to be safe to eat as preservative... but it REALLY STINKS!
Let's pump the ground with fucking chemicals, what could go wrong?
Sad that such a logical channel goes completely off the rails any time it gets near "climate change". Your politics are showing.At least you admitted the "downsides of fracking" are unknown here. But you presented it as if the concerns are equal to the benefits of fracking.
Liz D
Mathy Don
most cringeworthy, misleading and incorrect video I've seen that wasn't starring Alex Jones
Mathy Don
4:08 omg this is incredibly misleading. You can drill multiple wells from a single pad.. a single entry point because of steerable drilling technology. Once a well is no longer viable it's "shut-in", they don't leave the rig on the pad, it's disassembled and reused, this implies there's a veritable forest of industrial equipment being left behind
Mathy Don
1:18 this is an error. Wells are not drilled by using hydraulic fracturing, we'll are drilled and THEN later they are "produced" by using various stimulation methods including hydraulic fracturing. Drilling and fracturing are two separate and unrelated procedures. If you tried to drill a well by using fracturing... well that isn't even possible... you need an existing conduit to channel hydraulic fracturing fluids- primarily made of jelly created from guar gum (made from beans) that stick to the rock and reduce its permeability, so then the "hydraulic" part comes in when you pump water down there... the jelly makes the rock less permeable so the water won't soak into it, instead it creates pressure which pulverizes the rock... aka "fracturing. The effect is highly controlled and localized, as the fluids are channelled precisely through a pipe system. Then the hydrocarbons are now freed from the rock but are require some help to loosen them up, which is where "pickling" comes in. You say in the video they use "chemicals" as part of the process, this is slightly misleading because while brine and acid are technically chemicals... they call it "pickling' because it's not that far off from pickle brine.This video is incorrect, misleading and dangerous misinformation. makes me wonder about the other videos on this channel I've liked in the past... The fact is, Hydraulic fracturing is the best bet for America's energy needs and national security for the next 30 or so years until alternatives are viable. Actually, for the world's energy needs and security. Hydrocarbons are the most abundant energy source on Earth - no one should be fighting wars to secure energy.Solar power for homes and electric for cars is still incredibly destructive to the environment, dangerous and exploitative because of the deeply flawed battery technology. Lithium is a much scarcer element than hydrocarbons, we've already seen slave labor and violence pop up over control of lithium and other materials required for our current battery technology.So, for now - hydraulic fracturing provides the world with a reasonable way to access untapped energy resources that are LOCAL. it's our bridge to the future.
Prophet 111
Lets trade our water (stuff we need to exist), for fuel (stuff we need to make life easier)... Good trade...
Alexander Marshall
Fracking is a disaster waiting to happen. This comment section is full of hired goons to leave positive fracking comments aswell as disinformation.Way of the world these days unfortunately.If you spend 30 seconds researching fracking for yourself you will see it is not worth the risks, especially at a time when carbon based fuels were meant to be phased out...:/Seriously don’t listen to me though. Learn for yourself. Don’t trust any comment on here! Oil companies have the money to go to these lengths to protect it.
creatively stupid
money is the root of all evil... also something old ass dumb people born before the year of internet and computers "where all info is shared by people like are self's"
Potentially a good think but too bigger risk until we know the effects.
venkata shivashankar
sounds like a classic american methods
Anna Barboeva
Genocide of future generations - depriving them of clean water, clean soil, clean air and life
Wow scary. Why this is not talked more?
Verga, Amlo tiene razón.
Lucas Howley
That's Fracking horrible.
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