12 May '11, 6pm

Fracking & Farming Don't Mix - Isn't It Time We Exhibited Some Precaution?

Soil Contamination Increased soil acidity around oil and gas pipelines reduces the available essential nutrients for plants, making it more difficult for health fruits and vegetables grow. Methane leaking from gas pipelines, reduces the ability of plants to fix nitrogen, create cellulose, and maintain proper hydration. Fracking itself releases toxic heavy metals into the soil (arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury) and these can get absorbed by plants, ultimately exposing animals and humans to them. Fragmented Farmland Each gas well drilled requires the use of millions of gallons of water. This water is taken from nearby lakes, streams, and rivers and is then loaded with tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals and sand. Unlike the water used in farming, which remains a part of the water cycle, water used for fracking fluid becomes largely irrecoverable a...

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