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Communities Can Set Their Drinking Water on Fire

Communities Can Set Their Drinking Water on Fire

Clean, drinkable water is something many of us, including myself, take for granted. When I’m thirsty, or need to wash my hands, or want to boil water for pasta, I simply turn on the tap and voilà! I’m all set!

Can you imagine the water from your tap being so toxic you could set it on fire?!? It seems ridiculous but the truth is, communities — in the U.S. — are finding the water in their community is so contaminated, it’s flammable.

TAKE ACTION: Protect water safety in your community.

“Fracking” is a process that injects millions of gallons of fluids — a mixture of chemicals, water and sand — into a well to create pressure that cracks open rocks underground and releases natural gas.

Watch this short video to get a simple run-down on fracking and the damage it can cause:

Because of a legislative loophole, we can’t hold the gas companies who practice fracking accountable under the Safe Drinking Water Act and they aren’t required to disclose the 596 chemicals they use.

It’s likely because of these 596 mystery chemicals that communities near fracking activity can set their drinking water on fire. They’re also dealing with problems like explosions, quarantined livestock and radioactive wastewater.

Fracking isn’t worth the dangers it poses to the safety of our drinking water and our communities (not to mention the environment), but unfortunately, this hazardous practice is spreading across America. Sign the petition telling Congress to implement a national ban on fracking.

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Photo credit: Food and Water Watch

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10:30AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Cree Prophecy
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
you cannot eat money.

6:46PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Scary!

6:45PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Scary!

6:44PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Scary!

1:27PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

That's horribly disgusting

4:24PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks.

1:38AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

That's OK, the government will issue you bottled water, probably full of all kinds of special vitamins or something.

1:28AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

I'm worried now

7:52PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

How horrible and frightening!

7:50PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

GREAT ARTICLE, I shared, but - the VIDEO link says it's private, sorry about that? ANyone care to share, How to Fix to share that video upload?

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