Natural gas drilling by hydraulic fracture, commonly referred to as fracking, is a process used to extract methane from the ground, however, the process has had negative environmental impacts such as drinking water contamination (for more on this see the documentary Gasland). This gas is collected for use as fuel but the environmental cost should outweigh the benefits of cheap energy. This situation can actually be approached in another way—by protecting the environment while collecting energy. How? By fitting cattle livestock with methane collecting backpacks which will keep the gas out of the atmosphere and can then repurposed as fuel. In this scenario, groundwater is protect, the atmosphere collects less methane from agriculture, and energy is collected in an environmentally friendly way. Win, win, win.
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