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Report Exposes Social Costs of Fracking on Rural America

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What's it like living in a small town that's gone from rust belt farmland to fracking boomtown?

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Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:15 pm
It's like Deadwood SD, Carson City NV, and Sacramento and San Jose CA. Boom towns all.

"And I say Welcome, welcome to the Boomtown
All that money makes such a succulent sound" David and David

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:35 pm

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:44 pm
Thank you! (n, p, t)

MmAway M (505)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:20 pm
I will never forget the map I saw of California with all of the Fracking! WT???????

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 12:50 am
Social and environmental costs... sad.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 4:48 am

P A (117)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 5:10 am
"First, residents often say, there’s the traffic. Communities have been unexpectedly flooded with heavy tractor trailers that locals say turn 10 minute commutes into hour-long ordeals, choke back roads and decimate pavement so badly that in some areas, drilling companies are barred from entering until they agree to pay for road repairs. “The traffic here is horrendous,” Towanda, PA, resident Joe Benjamin told NPR.

"Others often describe the impacts on the social fabric—a “wild west” atmosphere that brings with it increased crime and public health problems.

"But these reports have been largely anecdotal, with little to quantify how big these impacts are or how much of it is due to fracking. Until now...."
This goes on...

"FWW documented sharp differences in traffic accident rates, petty crimes and sexually transmitted infections. According to the report:

" Fracking is associated with more heavy-truck crashes: Heavy-truck crashes rose 7.2 percent in heavily fracked rural Pennsylvania counties (with at least one well for every 15 square miles) but fell 12.4 percent in unfracked rural counties after fracking began in 2005.
" Fracking is associated with more social disorder arrests: Disorderly conduct arrests increased by 17.1 percent in heavily fracked rural counties, compared to 12.7 percent in unfracked rural counties.
" Fracking is associated with more cases of sexually transmitted infections: After fracking, the average increase in chlamydia and gonorrhea cases was 62 percent greater in heavily fracked rural counties than in unfracked rural counties."

Take note everyone, everywhere in the world - because if we haven't experienced this already, odds are that we will in the future!


TOM T (246)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 7:00 am

Thank You for bringing to OUR attention !

. (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 7:05 am
Great article, Cal. Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 7:41 am
great article , Cal

Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 10:58 am
Noted ty

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 11:02 am
Fracking should be banned.

S S (0)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 1:13 pm
Thank you.

Andrs Yokers (6)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 3:20 pm
too costly to people

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 3:58 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:54 am
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