Why is Fracking Dangerous?
It’s a process where clean, drinkable water is combined with dangerous poisons and injected deep into the earth to fracture shale rock beds, in order to extract natural gas. Much of this poisonous water is left underground after this process, finding its way to our natural aquifers and other water sources.
Exposure to any one or to combinations of this very long list of toxins carries permanent health effects.
The chemicals used in fracking cause cancer, birth defects,Liver & Kidney Failure, asthma, ADHD, autism, diabetes, thyroid disorders, lesions in the brain, full body nerve damage, lung damage, headaches,loss of hair, tremors, heart palpitations, stomach cramps, loss of balance and slurred speech and much more.
These are some of the risks of fracking, but the fracking industries deny these claims against them.
o Contaminated Fracked Water: Is highly toxic and flammable. After Fracking fluid leaks into the well water we use in our homes, we cannot use it. This means we cannot brush our teeth, shower, wash clothes, drink it, and water our livestock,or water vegetables like corn (NO Farming).
o Air Pollution: Those who live within half a mile of the wells stand the greatest risk of health effects, which can include everything from headaches, fatigue, dizziness, eye irritation and sore throat to difficulty breathing, impaired lung function, numbness in the arms and legs and even temporary paralysis. Cancer is a risk, too, because the residents’ exposure to benzene and Methane from the Fracking Flame.
o Toxic Waste: Fracking produces poisonous, radioactive wastewater. Fracking industries do not dispose of their waste water properly, leaving behind radioactive ponds on our land. This is deadly for the wild life surrounding us, and grazing livestock.
o Harmful to our Livestock: Livestock, pets and wildlife that drink fracked water are at risk of the same health problems as humans, listed above. Animals exposed to fracked water, air and land have been found to lose their hair, become very sick and often die.
o Contaminated Tap Water/ Highly Flammable: Fracked water used in homes is very flammable and able to catch on fire, due to natural gas and other fumes contaminating the water. In places across the nation where this is already happening, families must leave always their windows open because they are afraid their house will explode.
o Heavy Traffic: Fracking requires an extreme amount of water, causing hundreds of diesel trucks to run 24 hours, 7 days a week.