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Monday, June 3, 2013
A good deal of attention is now being paid to the potential harm to water quality caused by hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’. As most easily accessible sources of natural gas and oil have become scarcer, energy companies are now using fracking to extract gas and oil from rock formations far under the ground. Most fracking operations require the drilling of vertical wells up to depths of thousands of feet, and then the drilling of horizontal wells from the original one. A solution of water, sand, and up to 700 chemicals is forced down the wells under high pressure to cause the rock to fracture and release the gas or oil.

The average fracking well requires about 5 million gallons of water, a considerable amount in itself. While industry points to the fact that the chemicals in the water are only a tiny percentage of the total, because of the sheer volume of water used, most of these wells require approximately 50,000 gallons of chemicals.

Fracking Chemicals

At least 600 different substances are used, along with the millions of gallons of water, for fracking. Many of these have not been tested for toxicity to humans or animals, and in 2005, the Bush administration exempted fracking companies from having to comply with EPA clean water regulations. If you live near a fracking operation, there may be a good chance that your water is already contaminated. Among the chemicals used in fracking are:

  • Benzene - carcinogen
  • Toluene – neurological damage
  • Diesel fuel – carcinogen, skin irritant
  • Sulfuric acid – powerful corrosive
  • Formaldehyde – reproductive issues, especially in women
  • Lead – neurological and reproductive system problems

In addition to these and a witch’s brew of other dangerous substances, fracking companies also have a list of chemicals that they have never disclosed publically, claiming that they were in the realm of company secrets. Fracking is currently being done in 32 states, so the possibility that you and your family can be impacted by this dangerous process definitely exists.
What You Can Do

Although there have been lawsuits instituted against fracking companies for the damage they have done, there is little hope for a quick resolution of the problem. And while you may not be able to prevent fracking near your property, you can take steps to keep your water safe.

Water filters can help to provide clean, safe water to your household. When you decide to use a water filtering system, make sure that the one you are considering has been designed to handle these contaminants. Some filters will only remove bad odors or bacteria; what you will be looking for is a high quality filter that will basically remove every bit of chemical pollution from your water supply. Because chemicals can also be absorbed through the skin and inhaled from shower or bath water, a whole house filtration system is the ideal solution to the problem. State of the art water filters can be your assurance that your family is safe from potentially dangerous chemicals whether they are drinking a glass of water or taking a shower.

If a whole house water filter is not what you are interested in, there are also excellent countertop or under the sink filters that will remove fracking contaminants from your drinking and cooking water.


by: Chris Tracey

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