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.
Photo credit: Food and Water Watch