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Food & Water Watch - Fracking

Fracking pollutes the water we drink and the air we breathe, and it’s dangerous for communities and our climate. It has also been linked to earthquakes. It is unacceptable that the oil and gas industry profits at the expense of our drinking water, environment and safety. What Is Fracking? Fracking, also called “hydraulic fracturing,” is a destructive process that corporations including Halliburton, BP and ExxonMobil use to extract natural gas and oil from rock that lies deep underground. They drill a deep well and inject millions of gallons of toxic fracking fluid – a mix of water, sand and harsh chemicals – at a high enough pressure to fracture the rock and release the oil or gas. Why Should Fracking Be Banned? In the U.S., a sweetheart deal with energy companies exempted fracking from major environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, and spills and accidents are far too common. Food & Water Watch believes that the process is too risky to be regulated — and fracking prolongs our dependence on fossil fuels and delays policies that will bring us truly clean energy. Claims that natural gas is a “bridge fuel” ignore the fact that it is just another dangerous fossil fuel and does nothing to move us to renewable energy. Learn more about our campaign to ban fracking. Communities around the world are uniting around the call to ban fracking and Food & Water Watch has supported this growing movement in many ways, including by sponsoring the Global Frackdown.  What Are The Risks of Fracking? The entire process of fracking — from drilling a well to transporting waste — endangers our water and the health of our communities. There is clear evidence of the growing damage caused by fracking: Some people who live near fracking sites have become seriously ill from polluted air and contaminated water. Others can light their tap on fire due to the amount of methane in their water. The oil and gas industry isn’t required to disclose the chemicals they use in the fracking process, but many are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. Communities with fracking have seen declines in property values, increases in crime, and losses in local tourism and agriculture.  Methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, leaks from fracking industry sites. If Fracking Is Dangerous, Why Are We Doing It? Corporate influence over our democracy is one of the biggest threats to our food and water. Learn more about how a handful of oil and gas companies control the public debate over energy and fracking.