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Monday, September 12, 2011
Fracking? An odd sounding word that is popping up in the news more and more often these days, and usually associated with bad news. Some of the headlines you might see in conjunction with fracking include:
Kitchen Water Tap Explodes! Farm Animals Dying Mysteriously! Tap Water Causing Headaches, Blackouts and Worse!
And these are just a few of the more headlines one can find in association with fracking. So what is fracking and why should you care?
Fracking is a practice used by gas and oil companies as they search shale deposits. The practice is common in areas such as northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania and New York. The practice, however, is also being planned for many other locales, and may be coming to your neck of the woods soon.
Fracking uses large quantities of water to extract natural gas from shale deposits. The word itself is short for hydraulic fracturing. The process involves drilling a hole at least one mile down, then turning the bit and cutting thousands of feet horizontally, followed by pumping millions of gallons of water down into the hole to break up the shale. The water that is pumped into the hole often contains various chemicals and when pumped back out is very contaminated with formaldehyde, benzene, and others chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic at a few parts per million.
To date, more than 1,000 cases of water contamination have been reported and documented near drilling sites all across the nation. In some areas, the local residents can no longer drink the water from their taps. Water taps and even homes have exploded when methane leaked into the water system.
Consumers who live anywhere near a fracking site should seriously consider installing high-quality water filters on all taps that are used for drinking or cooking water purposes. According to studies conducted by the Endocrine Disruption Network, some 25 percent of fracking chemicals that are commonly used can cause cancer, and 40 to 50 percent can also affect the nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems.
Before purchasing your water filters, however, make sure you learn which chemicals you and your family may be exposed to and get the filter that will best protect against those contaminants. You should also read carefully the annual water quality report that your water system is required to send to you each year. If you do not have this report, call your water system and request one.
by: Chris Tracey