Fracking is a mining technique that extracts fossil fuels from shale rock layers deep within the earth. The process has unlocked massive new supplies of oil and natural gas from places where conventional mining technologies are ineffective. However, evidence is mounting that fracking may cause earthquakes.
Although fracking has so far proven to be a reliable way of obtaining gas we’d otherwise never get to touch, many people believe it’s responsible for causing earthquakes. Back when fracking began in the UK, several earthquakes were attributed to the new practice. While the British Geological Society confirms this did indeed happen, the detractors may be a bit misleading with their words. It turns out that the quakes fracking caused were about as big as the other 10 the UK experiences every single month, most of which go unnoticed. While still experimental, this would suggest fracking may be essential in the future.