We need to talk about "fracking."
You may not live next to a well, or in a community threatened by the invasive and destructive frack industry, but there is a good chance your water
supply is in danger of irreputable pollution. Or maybe the chemicals are already seeping in....
Basically, Hydraulic Fracturing injects sand, water, and chemicals into the ground, "fractures" the earth to release the gas, then captures the gas
for sale. What we don't know about this industry and process could fill VOLUMES.
The used chemical water is often discharged into local waterways. Chemical water that is left over seeps into the water table, pollutes wells,
And polluted water is only one problem. What about the earthquakes? Loss of property, environment, lifestyle?
Fracking Dirtier Than Coal - Threatens US Drinking Water
partially treated wastewater laced with radioactive underground contaminants and chemical cocktails are dumped back into rivers that serve as
drinking water sources for thousands of people.
FYI - in the case of the Deleware River Basin, this will affect NYC, NJ, and Philadelphia.
Millions of Gallons of Hazardous Chemicals Injected Into Wells
a congressional report "found that 14 of the nation’s most active hydraulic fracturing companies used 866 million gallons of hydraulic
fracturing products — not including water. More than 650 of these products contained chemicals that are known or possible human
Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Contain Toxic Ingredients
The Environmental Protection Agency has been investigating whether hydraulic fracturing poses a threat to ground water. Under current law, most
hydraulic fracturing is exempted from regulation by the EPA under the Safe Drinking Water act
The industry is exempt from Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Superfund Act
This is a link to a letter by Josh Fox of Gasland movie - very clearly outlines inadequate regulations of the frack industry. Its long, but worth a
read - scroll to the numbered bullet points:
HOW is one industry allowed so much power?
Are money and greed REALLY more important than a clear, clean glass of water??
How much more abuse can mother earth take???