|US President Barack Obama|
Natural gas requires highly complex treatment plants and pipelines to deliver gas from the source to the site of use. These pipelines have high maintenance costs because they need to be laid underground and need to be checked regularly for leakage (Learn more).
The extraction of natural gas creates cavities in the ground which can sometimes cause the ground to sink. Before the gas is extracted from a natural gas field, the pressure exerted by the gas helps support the layers of soil above the gas field; when the gas is extracted, the soil pressure increases and cavities are created in the ground (Learn more).
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Natural gas is still a contributor to global warming, although much less so than other fossil fuels, it still releases millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year (Learn more).
Naturally occurring natural gas seeps from the ocean floor and can disrupt marine life. Since pipelines run underground/water, any leaks that may occur can expose marine life to the harmful gas (Learn more).
Natural gas is highly combustible because of the high percentage of methane. Therefore, there are high risks that methane explosions occur when extracting and using this gas (Learn more).
If a natural gas leak has occurred, oxygen can be reduced which can lead to dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headache, and irregular breathing (Learn more).
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