FRACKING:THE FACTS

FRACKING: THE FACTS
– It takes 1-8 million gallons of water for each fracturing job
– Over 600 chemicals are added to the water, including known carcinogens and neurotoxins such as: Uranium, radium, methanol, lead, hydrochloric acid, mercury, benzene, ethylene glycol, formaldehyde…
– 6% of gas wells leak immediately. 50% of all gas wells leak within 15 years. There are 800 wells planned for Lancashire alone. All gas wells will leak eventually.
– Local communities pay the price with their health, loss of value in their homes, loss of air quality and biodiversity, and lack of farmable land, meanwhile the shareholders of Cuadrilla, iGas and Dart grow rich.
– During the process methane, 100 x more potent than carbon dioxide, leaks out poisoning the air and chemicals leak out poisoning ground water.
– Mining and fracking public lands create 4.5 times more carbon than our forests and grasslands are able to absorb.
– Dangerous levels of radioactivity have been found around drill sites and at waste dumps, in some cases levels were registered at 200 times the normal measure posing a serious risk to our health and the health of our children.
– 50-70% of the chemical water is trapped underground, risking future groundwater contamination.
– Very small quantities of some fracking chemicals are capable of contaminating millions of gallons of water. Fracking creates billions of gallons of toxic waste.
– There have been over 1,000 water source contaminations in the USA. In the UK the government have said the taxpayers will pick up the tab for pollution.
– In the USA politicians have continued to support fracking, despite their own Environmental Protection Agency finding known carcinogen benzene at 50 x safe levels in the water.
– In the USA research into spills and biohazards has often been handed over to the very companies who have financial interests in fracking.
– Residents in fracking areas become trapped in homes they can no longer sell, remortgage, insure or develop.
– Fracking wells are drilled much deeper than conventional wells, at 6-10,000ft deep, drilling then spreads out horizontally for miles under homes, hospitals, schools and businesses. Fracking causes tremors, earthquakes, subsidence and can cause sinkholes.
– 176 Shale gas exploration licenses have been granted across Britain.
– Dangerous levels of radioactivity have been found around drill sites and at waste dumps, in some cases levels were registered at 200 times the normal measure posing a serious risk to our health and the health of our children.
– The Government’s independent advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, have confirmed that relying on gas would be expensive, adding up to £600 extra on household electricity bills compared with low carbon power, which would add only £100 and would be a good insurance policy against high prices in the future.

 

 

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