Chesapeake Experimenting With "Green" Fracking Fluids

From Fuel Fix:
Chesapeake Energy Corp., the second- largest U.S. natural gas producer, is testing hydraulic- fracturing fluids composed solely of environmentally-benign components in wells.
Chesapeake plans to develop a 100 percent green mixture of fluids used to fracture gas and oil formations underground, Jody C. Jones, the company’s manager of environmental and regulatory affairs, said today during a gathering of energy-industry executives in Columbus, Ohio.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves using high- pressure jets of water, sand and chemicals to smash fissures into rocks so gas and oil may flow. Current fluid formulations often include hazardous components such as hydrochloric acid or diesel fuel and environmentalists say the practice poses a threat to water supplies. Chesapeake, based in Oklahoma City, is testing various green recipes in several shale formations that Jones declined to identify.
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I guess one question many might ask is:  if fracking fluid is so safe to begin with (after all, look at how the industry likes to describe the fracking fluid they are already using, always pointing out how the substances are the same as those used in cosmetics, cleaning supplies, or even in food), why are these companies spending so much money and time developing these new, safer formulas?

In answer, these are probably a few of the reasons.

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