Monday, September 19, 2011

Health Problems Reportedly Emerge Near Gas Fields, Science Lags Behind

This disturbing report was produced by Propublica and reposted on the Huffington Post. It provides more evidence of the environmental and health horrors resulting from Hydraulic Fracturing around the country. Despite claims by industry that fracking is safe, the process was exempted under Bush and Cheney from federal regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Over 600 chemicals are used in the process and industry, in most cases, refuses to say what chemicals they use so it is difficult to test for them. Nonetheless, there is growing evidence that fracking poses a threat to human health and drinking water. If you are unfamiliar with the issue check out the documentary Gasland, and several other stories posted on this site.