Why Fracking is Dangerous


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Why Fracking is Dangerous

Fracking is a danger that touches on every aspect of our lives – the water we drink, the air we breathe, the health of our communities. It also accelerates climate change. Fracking carries unavoidable risks; the oil and gas industry profits at the expense of the communities they frack.

The Water We Drink

Affordable access to clean water is a public health issue and a human right. Fracking requires large amounts of fresh water in order to extract natural gas from the ground – about five million gallons of water per well. That water is mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, including over 100 suspected endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. Wastewater from fracking and water that escapes from fracking wells can pollute our streams, lakes and rivers, and ultimately our drinking water.

Many families living near fracking have found their well water polluted to the point that it is no longer drinkable. And water respects no boundaries: water that’s polluted by fracking can potentially affect people living in a wide area. As one of our precious natural resources, we can’t afford to irreversibly pollute fresh drinking water.

The Air We Breathe

The sand used in the fracking process includes silica dust, which pours out of fracking sites and into the atmosphere in large clouds. A recent review of the public health impacts of drilling and fracking noted that these silica dust clouds have been associated with tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease and autoimmune disease.

Fracking also releases carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, benzene and other illness-causing pollutants into the air around communities near fracking sites.

Graphical Understanding of Fracking