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8 More Problems with Fracking (Aside from the Obvious)

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5. Increased Crime and Arrests

With no real ties to the community, transient natural gas workers seem to have less respect for their temporary homes than long-time residents and cause more trouble. Once fracking started in their towns, law enforcement officers reported a 17% boost in disorderly conduct arrests.

6. Alcoholism

Indeed, a lot of this misbehavior can be chalked up to alcoholism. Bored workers in these small town environments with time to kill and money to spend often turn to booze. “We definitely do drink a lot,” said one natural gas worker. Though local taverns experience a financial boom, they also see a spike in bar brawls. Moreover, as the rate of drunk driving increases, communities become less safe. Officers report a 12% jump in public intoxication arrests in fracking communities, as well.

7. Sexual Assault

Since fracking became so popular in North Dakota, the influx of male workers has made the state have one of the largest single men to women ratios in the country. In the fracking towns specifically, there are 20% more single men than available women. This radical disparity leaves the male population craving female attention and acting out in all of the wrong ways. Affected areas see spikes in sexual assault cases and women report feeling unsafe, harassed and followed while in public.

8. Sexually Transmitted Infections

Natural gas employees may leave it all behind to strike it rich in a fracking town, but one thing that they tend to inadvertently bring with them are STIs. Rural Pennsylvania hospitals found that rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea increased by over 30% after fracking came to their communities. That’s a 60% higher rate than the infection rate for non-fracked areas over the same period. It looks like the sex isn’t any safer than the drinking water.

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7:32AM PDT on May 29, 2014

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

11:21AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

good post - ty

8:13AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

8:05AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

environmental issues are so important - we only have one planet - once it's damaged beyond repair, it's too late.

5:21AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thanks for a very good article ! It's so true all this and Fracking is very evil and has got to be stopped !

12:53AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thanks for posting this.

8:30PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

More reasons to be against fracking. Of course, there is also the chance of bringing above-ground pollution and spills to your area when flooding occurs, like the spills currently happening after the floods in Colorado.

5:50PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Thanks.

4:08PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Thank you Kevin for a great article with many more reason not to want fracking in your town or anywhere else in this great country. I have always been against fracking, because of what it does to our fresh water supply, and the land, now to add these terrible things to it, is just too much to bear.....it has to be stopped now and permanently.....forever........,period. Also thanks to the 60 care 2 members who commented on this subject, I enjoyed reading all of your comments.

2:17PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

I emailed the Food and Water Watch report to my governor, Andy Cuomo, yesterday. He's been considering allowing fracking in the Marcellus shale for years. Fortunately, the longer he waits, and the more opposition grows, the less I worry. If NY ever does give the go ahead, it will only be in a very limited area along the southern border with PA. Hostility is just too great elsewhere.

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