Although highly effective, the
practice of hydraulic fracturing has come under fire by environmental advocates
and politicians alike. With so many outlets (news, social media, online
articles and videos) offering very different opinions about fracking, we are
left to try to differentiate what’s fact or frivolous claims. To hear more on
the benefits and consequences of hydraulic fracturing, go to the following links
and watch the two YouTube videos:
For each of the questions below, put some thought into answering
the questions based on the social issues associated with a particular topic
like hydraulic fracturing. Type your answers according to Ms. Herrick’s writing
guidelines. Assignment is due the Monday after the calamity day (example: no
school on a Friday, assignment is due the upcoming Monday). Assignments
can be submitted by paper or uploaded onto Schoology located under the folder
titled “Blizzard Bags”.
- What are some of the benefits
that were discussed on the topic of hydraulic fracturing?
- What are some of the negative
effects that were discussed on the topic of hydraulic fracturing?
- With so many differing views on a particular issue, how do we know which to believe?
there an issue with the transparency of what chemicals are in the mixture used
for fracking? In other words, do we know enough about what chemicals go in to
fracking, or are the manufacturing companies keeping too much from us?
- You are driving a company brine
truck that disposes of fracking water and decide to stop for lunch. While in
the parking lot, a few people approach you about how fracking is contaminating
their drinking water and they demand answers and a stop to it. While it would
be easy to walk away and say nothing, you know you need to professionally
represent your employer by providing some type of response. What would you say
to these people about their concern?
- What type of persuasive tactics
did you notice in the videos that might sway your opinions one way or another
on the issue of hydraulic fracturing?