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Water Pollution from Fracking Confirmed in 4 States

Water Pollution from Fracking Confirmed in 4 States

Fracking was a very hot topics this past year, and it is likely to continue to be one into 2014. Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, who tweets frequently about the dangers of fracking, are giving those against the practice a voice on a larger scale.

The practice was also the subject of a movie released a year ago. Promised Land starred Matt Damon and John Krasinski, both of whom helped write the screenplay, and followed the journey of a natural gas company salesman discovers the damaging effects fracking has on the environment.

Now there’s even more proof that fracking is damaging our ecosystem and our health. The Associated Press has conducted a review in four states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas) of complaints received about fracking and its effect.

Though the fracking industry suggests that problems rarely occur, complaints have been rushing in. These complaints consist mostly of well-water contamination.

Until the review, the fracking industry could blow off the allegations. Now, however, they will find that harder to do. The Associated Press confirmed a number of the hundreds of complaints about water pollution, which makes it harder to claim that such problems are rare.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of extracting oil and natural gas, and has led to a boom in both industries. To extract the fuel, hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the ground to break apart rock.

On the surface, that doesn’t sound like such a bad thing, but on the surface is where the problem lies. Once the rock has been broken and the fuel freed, contaminated water returns to the surface. The water that comes up can contain high levels of salt, drilling chemicals, heavy metals and naturally occurring low-level radiation.

Polluted water can affect the health of the animals and people who use well water as their main water source. For now at least, all we know is that some of the pollution complaints have been confirmed. Many experts are hoping that the next step is finding out exactly how the pollution affects those who are exposed to it.

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1:23PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

People have to start helping.

9:45PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Scary

9:45PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Scary

3:53AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Signed, thank you !

4:49PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thank you Brandi; for the article, and thanks to the over 135 care 2 members who commented on this subject. I do not want fracking any whee near me or my family, and I will sign any petition that I can, to try and stop this, before they use all of the fresh water left in this country. They are already taking water meant to grow crops with, and the land is going dry and farmers are going broke. Plus the water is dangerous to our families and our pets....When is America going to wake up and decide to do something to save our country, our way of life, our fresh water, our prized land to grow the crops we need to live on. STEP UP NOW....SPEAK OUT NOW.....before it is too late....

5:47AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

Noted.

11:13PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Fracking is dangerous to people , animals , pollutes water and nature !

3:08PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

stuff fracking!!!! its rubbish

7:39AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Mike, did you notice if the article mentions oil ~ or ~ natural gas hydraulic fracturing?

3:28AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Ann, current fracking procedures exceed regulations and now, in 2014, the EPA has issued further safety specs.

Mike, LD 50 is the dose required to kill the test subjects. No one has come anywhere close to dying, even in vivo.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2011/12/09/questions-emerge-on-epas-wyoming-fracking-study/

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