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Fracking

What does Fracking do to our Water?

  • 72 trillion gallons of water are needed to run our current gas well
  • methane concentrations are 17 times higher in drinking wells near fracturing sites than in normal wells
  • the fracking process generates large amounts of produced water which is fracking fluid mixed with underground water that has become radioactive. That water mixture is disposed by injecting it into underground pools
  • Chemical mixtures used to break down rock seeps into fresh water which can lead to contamination. 10-40% of the chemical will harm the health and safety of the people who depend on this water source because it flows back onto the surface
Fracking Causes Rumbles in California

Why Fracking Fluid is so Bad

  • only 30-50% of the fracking fluid is recovered, the rest of the toxic fluid is left in the ground and is not biodegradable
  • a single industry can pick from a menu of up to 600 different chemicals that can be used in fracking fluid, which consist of methane, mercury, and hydrochloric acid. Many of which are harmful to humans, animals, and the environment

Damage done to National Forest

  • Fracking fluid can do a number on trees, after two years of legally spreading fracking fluid in the Fernow Forest, within the Monongahela National forest, more than half the trees were dead
  • Almost immediately after disposal, 56 percent of about 150 died.
  • In June of 2008, about 75,000 gallons of fracking fluid was applied over two days

What does fracking do to us?

  • Dust remnants of the miner's clothes can come into contact with people they live with, for example; their children which would be even more vulnerable to these diseases
  • Because of fracking 3600-7300 people in America are diagnosed annually of silicosis, most of them being miners
  • workplace conditions are very harmful because people are exposed way too much to silica. Silica can give you silicosis, lung cancer, and tuberculosis
Elementary Students Oppose Fracking in North Carolina

What does else does Fracking do?

  • Methane pollution from chemical solutions are 25 more powerful than carbon dioxide which negatively affect climate
  • Fracking involves blasting the sand, water, and chemicals into the rock formations to get the oil and natural gases which harms local air pollution, water supply, and creates earthquakes

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