Extracting resources from the Earth’s crust using multi-stage, fraced horizontal wells: First gas, then oil, now heat

Looks like there is much more than only oil and gas where frackers do their work. Now they find plenty of metals and rare earths in the frack water. No surprise, fracking is a leeching method. But isn’t it better to drill little holes into the Earth’s surface leeching the stuff we want out rather than destroying entire ecosystems while scraping off the top layers of whatever is on top of the resources? Fracking is a gift that does not stop giving. Frackers revolutionized oil and gas. Now they are revolutionizing mining. What next? 

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