What the frack!? - Dawn of 2014

Fracking: a process of pumping a mixture of water, chemicals and sand deep into the shale bedrock to shatter the rock and release the natural gas buried deep in the rock. The name is concertina-ed from the word ‘hydraulic fracturing’.

The extraction tech has been around for a while, but only in the past decade has there been such a surge of interest in this method. This animation gives a pretty balanced overview of why it’s so controversial.