Awkword drops off a new track titled “Gas Land (Frack Off)” featuring Chaundo, which will serve as the intro to his forthcoming World View LP produced by Numonics. Look for the full project on Superbowl Sunday.

Hydrofracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a technique in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressure into a wellbore to create small fractures, along which fluids such as gas, petroleum, uranium-bearing solution, and brine water may migrate to the well. Hydraulic pressure is removed from the well, then small grains of proppant (sand or aluminium oxide) hold these fractures open once the rock achieves equilibrium. The technique is very common in wells for shale gas, tight gas, tight oil, and coal seam gas and hard rock wells. This well stimulation is usually conducted once in the life of the well and greatly enhances fluid removal and well productivity, but there has been an increasing trend towards multiple hydraulic fracturing as production declines.

Concern has been expressed over the possible long and short term health effects of air and water contamination and radiation exposure by gas production. Health consequences of concern include infertility, birth defects and cancer. Exposure to the fluids and flowback can affect the skin, eyes, blood, nervous system, immune system, kidneys system, and cardiocascular system, and can be toxic.