Big Gas Comes Clean: Carcinogens Used in 1 Out of 3 Fracking Operations

The recent natural gas boom has put hydraulic fracturing, an old practice now being utilized on a massive scale, in the hot seat. Fracking has been linked to a growing list of environmental hazards, not the least of which include earthquakes and poisoned water.

Those alarmed by the widespread adoption of fracking in recent years have tried desperately to expose the water-chemical cocktail that gas companies inject into the ground to access gas deposits. Unfortunately, the industry does not require disclosure of this fluid’s ingredients, even though it’s very likely to end up in the public water supply.

Up until now it’s been deny, deny, deny, but a recent industry report has exposed fracking for the deadly practice that it is.

EcoWatch reports:

While not all hydraulic fracturing operations or all chemicals used in the process are disclosed by the drilling industry, thanks to the lack of a uniform national disclosure law and exacerbated by the liberal use of “trade secret” exemptions, known cancer-causing substances such as naphthalenebenzyl chloride and formaldehyde were used in 34 percent of all fracks reported by industry to

Did you catch that? The use of carcinocens was voluntarily reported, by gas companies themselves, to a fracking-friendly website. That means no twisting of facts or empty accusations by environmentalists. This is straight from the horse’s mouth, if you will, and it’s BAD NEWS for communities across the country.

Further solidifying this dangerous use of cancer-causing chemicals, independent analysis of the SkyTruth Fracking Chemical Database by IT professional David Darling found that 9,310 individual fracking operations conducted between January 2011 and September 2012 disclosed the use of at least one known carcinogen.

Public health agencies are charged with regulating these substances and preventing the public’s exposure to them whenever possible, yet Big Gas is allowed to pump them into the Earth with reckless abandon. Sure, everyone from the EPA down claims to be “looking into” the potential hazards of fracking, meanwhile the gas companies are charging full steam ahead, using their financial and political clout to bully communities into submission.

It’s wrong, it’s dangerous and it’s time we did something about it.

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G S.
v s.2 years ago

So coal is getting a bad rap & in the meantime they admit they are causing cancer to innocent people. TYPICAL. so much for positive progression in environmentalism. Shell & them are all becoming the bane to their own existence!

Kari J.
Kari J.2 years ago

Filthy greedy companies polluting our planet- I'm so sick lof them getting away with this.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Claude Morris
Claude Morris2 years ago

This sounds like a new scheme to dispose of toxic waste. Why are chemicals necessary anyway?

David S.

It's not difficult to fathom how individually, a person doesn't want to dump a bunch of toxins in the environment, especially if it's in their neighborhood, but when they become responsible for the functioning of a large corporation, which must do business and make money (its lifeblood) to survive and placate shareholders, nothing stands in their way. Not babies, women and children, politicians, and so on. If they show compassion, they're replaced by the board members, all of which have their money riding on the company, and all of which want to spend their money on the products of corporations. It's the political organism of the corporation that turns ordinary people into polluters and murderers, and it doesn't seem to show any signs of going away any time soon. It is pure, naked evil, donations to charities notwithstanding. Eventually, the corporatocracy must fall, but not before having finished laying waste to our planet and left us to deal with its filth and pollution. What a dreary scenario. Somebody tell me why I'm wrong, please.

E. J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Noted and signed.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence2 years ago


Anna M.
Anna M.2 years ago

The real price of anything is
the amount of life exchanged for it.
So the real question is:
How many lives per gallon?

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


john byrne
john byrne2 years ago

A GAS COMPANY COMING CLEAN BIG LOL. you mean they have been tumbled and held their hands up.