A new study published in the Environmental Health Journal found that toxic chemicals are present in huge amounts near fracking sites. In some cases, there were over 770,000 times the normal concentrations. Chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene, both carcinogens, are commonly found near fracking operations.
Fracking uses these chemicals in a toxic cocktail that is blasted deep into the earth to fracture shale rocks and release natural gas. These chemicals can leach into the ground and waters nearby, affecting residents and causing everything from nosebleeds to cancer.
These results come as no surprise to anyone who has knows the dangers of fracking, and or the truth behind the lies the fracking industry has spread. That's why Environment America's campaigns across the country are calling on Congress and other decision makers to put an end to fracking, and all of the environmental and health hazards that come with it.