Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, means extracting the natural gas from lakes. In Canada, most wells for fracking are out West in Alberta.
There is a moratorium in Quebec on fracking.
In the U.S., there are fracking wells in Texas, Pennsylvania, and other states.
In Pennsylvania, the number of hydro-fracturing wells increased from 36,000 to 71,000 from 2010 to 2011.
Negative consequences of fracking:
- mysterious animal deaths
- poisoned drinking water
- sick animals - hair, fur falling out, weight loss
- industrial disasters and explosions
There have been a high number of "fraccidents" or fracking accidents in New York and Pennsylvania.
Livestock such as cattle have been quarantined in Pennsylvania, after drinking toxic wastewater from a nearby fracking operations site's pond, which had overflowed.
Tests of the water found chemicals such as chloride, magnesium, potassium and strontium, a heavy metal which can be toxic to humans.
Public wells have had small explosions from gas buildups of methane and ethane gases and in community's water supplies.
People's lungs and mouth have felt burning and headaches, caused by seepages of natural gas in the water. The company extracting the natural gas paid for the peoples water to be delivered to their homes.
Water so contaminated it catches on fire! It's unbelievable that governments are allowing this unsafe, environmentally disastrous procedures to happen.
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