24 Feb '17, 9pm

Why #Fracking and Cracking Create Risks to Human Life and so Much More

The fracking boom in the USA has received a lot of well founded criticism; it pollutes in just about every conceivable way, and has given rise to dangerous earthquakes in many areas. In addition to all of of that, fracking is engendering a toxic boom of plastic production. The shale gas bodies that fracking targets are desirable because they host an abundance of methane gas, but it is almost always found mixed with ethane. That ethane is the building block for many kinds of plastic. With the huge amount of ethane that fracking operations produce, the USA is seeing a influx of what are called “cracking ” facilities. By using steam or heat, the ethane from the fracked gas is “cracked”, and made into plastic pellets. This process is extremely hazardous to human health, and also creates a source of cheap plastic that is likely to end up in landfills or floating around in giant...

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