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Fracking, also called hydraulic fracturing, is a process that involves the injection of pressurised fluid into rock strata to release fossil fuels such as petroleum, natural gas, shale gas and coal seam gas.

  • Over 3,500,000 gallons of water are used when fracking a single well.
  • Drilling emits Nitrogen Oxide & Volatile Organic Compounds, resulting in destructive surface smog.
  • Over 80,000 pounds of chemicals are injected into the earth's crust to frack each well.
  • A loophole in the '05 Energy Bill exempts gas drillers from EPA guidelines like the Clean Water Act.
  • Researchers suspect 65 of the compounds used in Fracking are hazardous to human health
  • Fracking Fluid calls for 2 million gallons of water, transported by up to 100 water-haulers


Chemicals used in fracking

A wide range of chemicals, some of them extremely toxic, are used in fracking. Examples of toxic chemicals utilised include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.[1]

For more information see: Wikipedia:List of additives for hydraulic fracturing

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External links


  1. Gasland, What's fracking

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