Our studies have been centered on the ever changing environmental impacts of many different industries and methods throughout the history of the United States. Our focus has turned to the issues in our own state. We will be exploring the elements of fracking for natural gas in Colorado. Companies here are exhausting every available source to extract this resource from the ground because it has become a useful and popular energy source.
Fracking provides thousands of jobs to Americans across the country, many of which reside right here in Colorado. However, there is a growing concern of the problematic elements of this extraction practice. Experts have realized that fracking has become increasingly more controversial. As time goes on, it becomes harder to find sources of energy, particularly veins of natural gas.
We will draw upon our historical knowledge of past American exploitation of the land, current social, economic and political issues surrounding fracking as well as engineering and design aspects of energy extraction to find a solution to this problem.
Essential Question: How can we make fracking a more environmentally friendly method of extracting energy from the earth?