Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns


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Which type of fossil fuel is shale gas?

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1. Why can't shale gas be pumped out of the ground using a conventional oil rig?

2. Which of the following is TRUE of Hydraulic Fracturing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fracking is used to release gas from sedimentary rock formations known as shale, which results in some environmental concerns, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the formation of shale, the process of fracking, and the environmental issues that arise due to fracking. The practice questions on the quiz will test you on hydraulic fracturing, what shale gas actually is, chemically, and the environmental concerns involved in hydraulic fracturing operations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Your understanding of hydraulic fracturing
  • Which type of fossil fuel is released through hydraulic fracturing
  • The reason that shale gas must be released through fracking
  • The use of water, sand, and chemicals to break rock formations in hydraulic fracturing
  • Your understanding of the environmental concerns associated with fracking

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on shale gas, fracking, and environmental concerns inherent in these two things from the related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as hydraulic fracturing and shale gas
  • Information recall - access the knowledge that you've gained regarding shale gas, fracking, and environmental concerns

Additional Learning

To learn more about shale gas, fracking, and environmental concerns, review the accompanying lesson on these topics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define and describe shale gas
  • Define Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)
  • Understand the process of fracking
  • Discuss the environmental concerns inherent in hydraulic fracturing for the release of shale gas