3 Ways Fracking is Killing Us

If you Google the phrase “is fracking safe?” the first thing you’ll see is a sponsored link to a gas industry website called EnergyfromShale.org. Below that are lots of contradictory articles citing even more contradictory studies that claim to prove the answer is yes or no.

As we learned with Monsanto and the Keystone XL, before touting the validity of such research, it’s important to follow the money. Who wrote the study? By whom were they hired? And for whom have they worked in the past? Again and again we see that no depth is too low for the fossil fuel industry. Bloated with profit, it uses its financial and political clout to make the numbers reinforce its own PR claims.

The real proof of what the recent fracking boom is doing to our planet and our health can be found in the communities where it actually happens. On farms and ranches, and in small communities across America. These people, regardless of their political persuasion or education level, can hear, see, feel, smell and touch the consequences just by walking out their front door. This evidence, while it may be anecdotal, is impossible to refute, although Big Gas keeps trying.

Silica Dust

Sand is a critical part of the hydraulic fracturing method of oil and gas extraction. After drilling down into shale, the rock is fractured by pumping in a mixture of water, chemicals and sand. The sand keeps the cracks propped open so that oil and gas are released. Unfortunately, sand is mostly silica, and breathing in silica is one of the oldest and most dangerous workplace hazards in the world. A recent investigation by OSHA found that workers in the natural gas industry are being exposed to massive amounts of silica dust, a condition that puts them at risk for serious diseases like silicosis and cancer.

Flammable Water

Poisoned Air and Soil

Despite the shocking visual a flaming faucet provides, many gas companies have denied culpability. Their excuse? Maybe the methane was there before they started fracking. To eliminate this uncertainty, anti-fracking activists in New York State are conducting one of the first methane baseline assessments on an area that will soon be home to a natural gas compressor station, according to EarthTechling. It’s hoped that by establishing a baseline measurement of ambient methane, residents will be able to prove fracking’s negative effects on air and water. Doing so would further prove that a recent trend of sick and dying cattle on land adjacent to fracking operations isn’t an accident.

 

Related Reading:

Top 3 Catastrophes Linked To Natural Gas Fracking

Fracking: Bad For The Environment, Communities, And Workers

Five States Leading The Fight Against Fracking

 

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83 comments

Kay M.
.3 years ago

Thank you for your article, and all of the great comments from the members. We can never put fracking out of our minds, we have to keep on the government to stop this disaster before it gets worst. We can not continue down this road for much longer, we will destroy what little is left to our clean air,water,and land. All citizens need to work on the representative and senator from your state to do better or else we elect some new ones...period.

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Arild Warud
Arild Warud3 years ago

Good info.

Carla Hornback
Carla Hornback3 years ago

the answer is NO. FRACKING is NOT SAFE. From PA, we are having one heck of a time here. Our mountains are disappearing fast, not to mention the fragile ecosystems. This is the biggest environmental concern in our area. Sad thing is, the folks from out of state are getting richer and leaving the mess for our future generations. Activists in PA are working around the clock to try and get strict DEP regulations in place, but to no avail. DON'T FRACK YOUR MOTHER!

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

Crazy X7

Jane D.
Jane Davidson3 years ago

Big oil and big gas trump all, and there's no stop to the lobbying of our government as the agencies who are supposed to be looking after us get weaker and weaker.

Danial W.
Past Member 3 years ago

Interesting

Bente Kristensen
Linda K.3 years ago

robert K: The only place fracking should be allowed is up the asses of corporate executives who have allowed it up til now.

Well said :-))

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

Sonali Ghosh
Sonali G.3 years ago

How did this idea ever get approved? It is an insane world governed and controlled by corporate psychopaths and they just keep riding over us crushing the life out of everything