fracking: what you need to know
Recent news coverage has drawn atten-tion to “fracking” and its many impacts. As a national leader on this issue active in more than a dozen states, Clean Water Action has developed special expertise on the risks and concerns associated with fracking.
So what exactly is fracking? It is a method of extracting under-ground natural gas and oil. Water mixed with sand and chemicals is injected into the ground at high pressure to fracture the rock around wells drilled for this purpose. The process releases the gas or oil, which is then pumped out. Fracking for oil and gas has been used for many years, but new technology now supports wells that reach as far as a mile underground. While drilling at this depth may allow companies to reach new deposits of oil and gas, it also greatly increases the risk of local water supply con-tamination in the process. Fracking presents a host of dangerous environmental and public health threats, including:
Each fracking site requires 2-4 million gallons of fresh water. The demand would place additional heavy burdens on Flori-da’s communities and economy.