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What Goes In & Out of Hydraulic Fracking

What Goes In & Out of Hydraulic Fracking | Fracking In Australia. | Scoop.it
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'Dangers of Fracking’ is an interactive website which takes the viewer on a journey, through the methodological procedure that mining companies follow to use the technique of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking. This website includes statistics and scientific terms, however with age appropriate language for those who are novice in fracking and students in stage three classrooms. 

 

The classroom will be separated into groups of eight to conduct this research project of which, there are two sections. Students will conduct research based on their groups given chemical out of the eight listed to be used within this process, the chemicals components and how they affect the environment.

These are the chemicals listed on the website;

- Lead

- Uranium

- Mercury

- Ethylene Glycol

- Radium

- Methanol

- Hydrochloric acid

- Formaldehyde 

 

Students will need some access to computers and scientifically appropriate textbooks and resources to conduct their research. Through this they will examine how their chemical, (many chemicals in this process have not been released to the public) affects the environment and people that may come into contact with these chemicals.

After the potential danger of these chemicals is examined and comprehended, students will then chose an energy collection method, which is considered environmentally sound, for example solar energy and create a flow chart to mirror the one demonstrated on the website.

This collaborative learning will encourage students to work as a group and practice their cooperative and problem solving skills; this is an essential part of learning especially for subjects such as HSIE (Gilbert and Hoepper, 2011).

 

HSIE Stage 3 

Patterns of place and location ENS3.5 

Relationships with places ENS3.6

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Arnhem Land Traditional Owners call for an end to fracking | The Stringer

Arnhem Land Traditional Owners call for an end to fracking | The Stringer | Fracking In Australia. | Scoop.it
Arnhem Elders and landowners are calling on the Northern Territory and Federal Governments to halt fracking in the Arnhem – on land and seas. While Trad...
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The Article, ‘Arnhem Land Traditional Owners call for an end to fracking’, sees the traditional Elders, landowners and residents of Arnhem Land calling for an end to Fracking not only on their land but also in the surrounding waters. The Northern Territory Federal Government has been requested to stop and ban all mining companies from fracking on Arnhem Land or sea. The Arnhem Land residents are highly concerned about the environmental impact that fracking will have on their sacred sites and the precious animals that live on the land that mining companies wish to frack.

 

Students will individually write a narrative from the point of view of an Arnhem Elder, Landowner, a miner, government official, an animal or even the land itself.

Students must include whether they are for or against fracking and persuasive reasons for their belief, prior knowledge of what fracking does to the environment, economy and a demonstration of how fracking connects Australia with other parts of the world. When persuading the reader of their point of view, their character’s morals on the environment, beliefs and practices must be made explicit.

 

A follow up lesson for this activity is supported by Rose and Gravel’s (2010) theory of ‘Universal Design for Learning’ as an alternative and varied method of illustrating learning and expression of ideas. It also creates a further curriculum link between HSIE and English but also, art- drama. It will consist of students being grouped into threes or fours and creating a short play or scene using their characters. Students will be assessed on their language skills; how they portray their characters beliefs and the way they aim to change the environment.

 

HSIE Stage 3 

Patterns of place and location ENS3.5 

Relationships with places ENS3.6

 

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The green side of fracking

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Against all expectations, US emissions of carbon dioxide have fallen back to 1995 levels. The primary reason, in a word, is “fracking”.
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The report, ‘The Green side of fracking’, provides the reader with evidence of the positive environmental and economical effects that fracking has provided for other countries and reasons as to why this strategy may work in other countries such as Europe and Australia. The examples of Fracking, which have taken place in America, have reportedly been the cause of lower levels of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. The report also claims that it is thanks to fracking and the coal seam gas it captures, that less coal in the U.S is being used, thus providing benefits for the economy and the environment. However, the report is unable to dispute the claims of water pollution caused by fracking and what results this may have on the health of individuals and the environment.

 

Using the information provided, students of a stage 3 class will take part in a debate on the topic, using this report as the, 'for fracking', side of the debate, while the opposing team utilises other articles or videos provided on this site to form their argument. The debate topic can be along the lines of:‘Do the environmental and economic benefits of using fracking as opposed to coal usage out way the damage this process causes to the environment?’

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‘Fracking is good for the environment’, and so forth.

Students should comment on the environmental impact of fracking, the economic impact and other issues they believe relevant to their arguments. Leading questions such as, how will fracking affect the wider community? How does fracking, on a global and local scale, affect peoples and individual’s beliefs and practices? (for example, Indigenous Australians) should be suggested by the teacher.

Student’s knowledge and comprehension will be assessed through their arguments and ability to work as a collaborative group.

  

HSIE Stage 3 

Patterns of place and location ENS3.5 

Relationships with places ENS3.6

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shale-gas-global-perspective.pdf

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While the document, Shale gas - A Global Perspective, may be too long and convoluted for stage three students, it can be used as an effective teacher support document.

This document will be able to assist teachers educating on the global perspectives of Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking and thus, allowing teachers to assess how much comprehension of the subject has occurred in their classroom. This technique demonstrates the use of Brookfield’s (1995), four-lenses theory, implementing three out of four lenses; self, student and literature lenses.

This document delves deeply into how fracking affects various countries and explores the different perspectives of the results that hydraulic fracturing may have on environments and economies from various countries, specifically the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

 

It is essential that teachers that are educating their students on the topic of Fracking are well informed and prepared, this document will assist in that knowledge growth. This reflection on the need for a wide girth of knowledge from the teacher and students, exhibits the traits of Brookfield's (1995), theory of the four lenses.

 

To use this document, the teacher will encourage students to use their research skills and discover what fracking is, and how the coal seam gas captured from hydraulic fracking can be beneficial to the economy of Australia. 

 

HSIE Stage 3 

Patterns of place and location ENS3.5 

Relationships with places ENS3.6

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Views fracture on future of fracking in Territory - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Views fracture on future of fracking in Territory - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Fracking In Australia. | Scoop.it
Indigenous traditional owners and mining representatives have clashed at a public meeting on shale oil gas extraction, also known as fracking, in the Territory.
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This video further expresses the outrage Indigenous Australia's and Arnhem Land elders and residents feel towards the fracking of not only thier land, but of Australia at large.

This may be used as a support video for the Arnhem Land, traditional Elders article.

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60 Minutes Australia - Fracking - The Coal Seam Gas Land Grab

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Fracking - The Coal Seam Gas Land Grab, the segment on fracking in Australia, aired by 60 minutes, Australia, gives a brief overview of what fracking is, which is useful for teachers and students who may be unfamiliar with the term.

The segment also examines the government’s role in allowing mining companies to access privately owned land and using the hydraulic fracturing technique, otherwise known as fracking, to access coal seam gas in Western Queensland. The Federal government is allegedly allowing mining companies to access and frack on peoples land, resulting in ruined land, contaminated water lines with dangerous gas, waste and the negative affect it potentially has on peoples mental and physical health.

 

This shocking and emotion-evoking clip composed by 60 Minutes has been composed to portray Fracking in a negative light. This may be done rightly so, however, after viewing this clip with a stage 3 class that are somewhat aware of what fracking is and what it achieves. Critically thinking, students will work in small groups of 3 to 5, to research the various locations around the world that fracking occurs in and then brainstorm the type of emotive language used throughout and how it has effected their views on fracking.

Then, individually, students will write a letter to the mining companies telling them why they shouldn’t continue fracking, the negative affects it has on the environment in other parts of the world and Australia, and how they would change what is happening. Students are welcome to offer their own environmentally sound theories. These activities create curriculum link between English and HSIE.

 

HSIE Stage 3 

Patterns of place and location ENS3.5 

Relationships with places ENS3.6

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