Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Spring 2017


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2017


Copyright © 2017 Nick Nardone


Hydraulic Fracturing or commonly known as fracking has helped the oil and gas industry making it easier for us to extract oil and gas from the ground. While we have benefited economically from this boom, the process of injecting high amounts of water and chemicals deep into the earth’s surface at extremely high pressures puts an negative effect on the environment. The purpose of my study is to identify and understand the environmental impacts associated with fracking. Analyzing the environmental impacts will give us the needed information and knowledge to help reduce the environmental harm associated with Fracking. The public has much concern due to all the hazardous effects from fracking, such as water pollution and the release of greenhouse gas emissions, along with other consequences. Fracking is prevalent in developed nations and now occurs in more than 30 states. Even though fracking has some benefits in the short-run, continuous use will be hazardous to our environment and our society if we don’t have stronger regulations on fracking. As fracking has become widely popular in the last decade and provided benefits to the oil and gas industries, but the lack of information and support has made it difficult to put restrictions on fracking. We need to start focusing on better methods and stronger policies when dealing with fracking, so we can understand and tackle the environmental impacts associated with fracking.