Fact Check: Is there such thing as a "fracking site" or a "fracking rig"?
Claim: The above photo showing a “fracking site” and the accompanying report detailing noise levels near a “fracking rig” imply the noise is directly attributable to oil and gas activity.
Fact: There is no such thing as a fracking site or fracking rig. In fact, this picture is of a traditional drilling rig at a traditional drilling site.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process where water, sand and chemicals are injected at a high pressure about a mile below the surface to crack open rock layers, which release oil or natural gas. It is merely one part of multiple processes used in energy development.
The term fracking was adopted by anti-fossil fuel groups because it’s an effective sound bite, and as such, it has been used to describe every aspect of development. Some reporters have adopted these talking points and now also indiscriminately apply “fracking” to anything having to do with energy development.
Rating: Out of gas.