Just What is in Frack Fluid Anyway?

It’s been a while since we’ve revisited the topic of “Just what the heck is in fracking fluid anyway?” Recently Energy in Depth published a graphic to illustrate what’s in a drop of fracking fluid. First up, did you know that 99.51% of fracking fluid is–water and sand? No, we didn’t think you knew that. For all of the nightmare, scary talk fossil fuel haters pedal, somehow they forget to mention that almost all fracking fluid is water and sand. “But it takes millions of gallons of frack fluid for each well, so maybe the chemicals in that other one-half percent really do pose a threat.” Fair enough. What’s in the other 1/2 of 1% of fracking fluid–the other few thousand gallons used to frack a shale well? Things like instant coffee, walnut shells, table salt, laundry detergent, make-up remover, lemon juice and soap. Everything in fracking fluid is stuff you find under your kitchen sink or in your bathroom medicine cabinet. Here’s that excellent graphic from EID…

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