What is fracking?

A few months after the idea of doing this trip popped into my mind, my girlfriend and I stumbled across a great documentary on TV. It was called Gasland and told the story of how big energy companies extract natural gas out of the earth around the United States.

The method they use to extract this precious gas is called hydraulic fracturing – or fracking for short. This involves first transporting huge amounts of water – millions of gallons – to the site. This water is then pumped into the ground, together with toxic chemicals, at a very, very high pressure. The water being pumped into the ground at this  pressure cracks the bedrock, which leads to the natural gas being released.

One frack uses between 4-8 million gallons of fluid, of which 1-2% is chemicals and the rest is water and sand. Of these millions of gallons, only between 30-50% ever reach the surface again. The rest stays in the ground – contaminating water supplies.

What does this have to do with my trip? I’ll be traveling through parts of America where the construction of these kinds of facilities is very common, and my initial thought was that I would dedicate the trip to raising awareness about what these energy companies are doing and how it’s affecting ecological systems and its inhabitants.

I chose this blog name for that reason (or rather, my brilliant girlfriend Julia – who was going to do the trip with me – chose that name), but as the summer drew closer I realized that even making it across the country in time would be hard enough without photographing gas facilities, interviewing people and raising money for an eco-friendly cause. That will unfortunately have to be another trip. The name will stay both as a remnant of a rare spur of idealism and because I don’t want to pay the $17 to change the name.

EDIT: BULLSHIT!! This is now or never. Who knows if there will be a “next trip”. I’m going to try to raise money right NOW. Please help me out by spreading the word and donating to Earthworks, a non-profit organization focusing on helping communities where energy companies have a presence. Here’s the link to my charity page: crowd rise.

Please watch Josh Fox’s great documentary about this, and get involved in any other way you can too. Spread the word about what’s happening, turn off any lights you don’t need, get out of your car and START BIKING.


5 thoughts on “What is fracking?

  1. Have you seen The Matrix? It’s a pretty cool movie! Love the storyline and the special effects!

    Another cool movie is The Return of the King. It’s about a fantasy war and stuff. Really great movie. I think it’s a sequel or something. A guy called “Lego-Lars” or something like that got a nice bow and haircut.

    • Oh yeah I think I saw that one! Lego-Lars is sooo handsome. Shame he’s got a boyf called Frodus or sumthink… You know who I mean? A bit on the short side. Another great movie trilogy gone sextet orgie you need to see is Star Wars. A must see apparently… Me I can’t be bother though.

  2. HEEEEEEEELLS YEEEEEEEAH!!! NOW OR NEVER STEPH!!! GO SAVE THE WORLD!!! I’ll stay here and do my bit! PROMISE!!! <3<3<3

  3. Stefan!.
    Very good writing and for sure the whole Idea was klockren!!
    Havent read much of this blog, weird enough but promise what I will read every part of it when jag orkar.!
    Good work and keep it up! Vi ses snart

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