TV News LIES

Monday, Dec 22nd

Last update12:29:56 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Breast Cancer Action: Why Fracking Must Be Banned

Breast Cancer Action: Why Fracking Must Be Banned

E-mail Print PDF

Sandra SteingraberThe United States, as it turns out, has a lot of unburned natural gas trapped as tiny bubbles in our shale bedrock. Until about a decade ago, much of this trapped underground gas was considered unrecoverable. But that all changed with the rollout of a drilling technique (pioneered by Halliburton) called hydrofracturing, or fracking.

Fracking bores horizontally through the bedrock, blasts it with explosives, and forces into the cracks, under enormous pressure, millions of gallons of water laced with a proprietary mix of poisonous chemicals that further fracture the rock. These boreholes provide the channel out of which the gas flows.

Here’s how hydraulic fracturing introduces cancer risks into communities from the start and into perpetuity:

1.Many naturally occurring toxic materials, including, in some cases, radioactivity, are trapped inside shale bedrock. Drilling and fracking operations can liberate and mobilize these materials.
2. The chemicals necessary to frack the rock are themselves toxic.
3. Our drinking water aquifers lie above the rocks we are shattering.
4. Fracking lays down blankets of smog over surrounding landscapes, fills roadways with trucks hauling hazardous materials, sends sediment into streams, and generates immense quantities of radioactive, carcinogen-laced waste for which no fail-safe disposal options exist.
5. Thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals are added to the millions of gallons of fracking water.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


U.S. Seeks BP Fine of Up to $18 Billion for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP fine sought by USThe government wants BP Plc (BP/) to pay $16 billion to $18 billion in water-pollution fines...

Major U.S. cities have passed the 'tipping point' for sea level rise, according to a new study

US cities pass tipping point for ocean riseWashington, D.C. and Annapolis, Md. are already past a "tipping point" for frequent flooding caused by...

Gray wolf to be placed back on endangered list

Gray wolfA U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the gray wolf in the Great Lakes region be...

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

Whaling protetsers in contemptRadical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!