The Science. ‘Fracking’ or ‘hydraulic fracturing’ involves all activities associated with unconvetional gas mining. This includes exploration mining, production, seimic lines and testing, land clearing, waste water ponds, chemical injections, flaring and truck movements to and from drilling sites.
The hydraulic fracturing (fracking) mining process is the technique of injecting water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure deep beneath the ground into gas-carrying shale rocks (and other tight rock formations) to release the gas fuel trapped inside. Around half that fracking fluid is lost to the environment. The rest returns to the surface and is disposed of in leak-prone surface storage ponds, left to evaporate.
Below are a few diagrams illustrating the 'new fracking' process. This dangerous and unpopular modern form of fracking has already happened in the South West, Mid West and Kimberley regions of WA. However, if this industry is allowed to fully develop in WA, we could be looking at 40,000 wells in the Kimberley alone.
If you have an extra moment, we really recommend watching 'As a Matter of Fracked'. It's a hilarious mini-series production of the unconventional gas and fracking industry in WA. Really, give it watch!