Players join other stakeholders, including: the energy industry, politicians, environmentalists and the general public, in the controversial fracking debate.
What the Frack is a game about the coming natural gas boom. Hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracturing, which is commonly known as “fracking” involving drilling a deep hole under the earth and injecting water mixed with sand and chemicals under very high pressure in order to break up layers of rock to release petrochemicals.
Players will further prepare you to understand and participate in the controversial debate about fracking, along with scientists, the energy industry, politicians, environmentalists and the general public. You will find out about likely serious drawbacks to this technology, environmental contamination of air and water.
You will be acting as the state government for a region that has recently discovered a large shale oil deposit and natural gas.
Opinion Responses – Players choose from 3 different actions. Each of the actions will get the opinion responses of 2 opposing stakeholders: an environmental advocate and an industry representative which represent the pro and con sides of the debate.
Consequences – As well as receiving responses from the two major stakeholder groups, players will also receive consequences which will impact your score.
Links – Players will obtain links to websites to further learn about the fracking debate issues.
Take Action – A “Take Action” button at the end of the game links you to a “Let Me Google That For You” fracking page to facilitate obtaining further information.