Fracking in Northwest Georgia
Information about the Threat of Hydraulic Fracturing and Oil and Gas Exploration in the upper Coosa River basin.
Much of the upper Coosa River basin sits atop the Conasauga Shale Field, a deep underground geologic formation that energy companies believe can be tapped to extract natural gas. In recent years, representatives from energy companies have solicited local property owners seeking to purchase mineral rights leases for the purposes of establishing wells in the area. it is likely that if wells are established they will use the highly controversial drilling method of hydraulic facturing, commonly known as "fracking."
What's Fracking and Why Is it a Threat?
Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of chemical laden water thousands of feet underground to break up shale and release natural gas. Fracking wells have been associated with contamination of groundwater and surface water and caused earthquakes and sinkholes.
Additionally, the heavy industry has transformed rural communities, flooding them with heavy truck traffic while also causing noise, air and visual pollution.