17 Sep '12, 2pm

Why We Should Worry About Fracking

Why We Should Worry About Fracking

by Frances Beinecke , President, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) Yesterday I returned from several days in western Pennsylvania seeing and hearing about the impacts of fracking firsthand from local activists, homeowners and scientists. People in the region fear their water is contaminated with toxic substances from fracking operations. They worry the air pollution coming from compressor stations or well pads is harming their families. And they believe their property values are forever compromised. Their fears were heightened by reports — featured on NPR last month—that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed methane from improperly constructed gas wells has contaminated people’s drinking water in Northern Pennsylvania — and created a risk of fire or explosion in people’s homes and water wells. We experienced two instances of flammable...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/why-we-should-worry-about-fra...

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