Hon. Guenter A. Rieger,                                                         Environment

Potential Health and Environmental Effects of Hydrofracking

Hydrofracking is a controversial oil and gas extraction technique developed in the late 1940s to gain access to fossil energy deposits previously inaccessible to drilling operations. The process, "hydraulic fracturing", literally involves the smashing of rock with millions of gallons of water–along with sand and a undisclosed assortment of chemicals in order to bring gas to the surface.


Risks and Concerns of Fracking
* Contamination of groundwater
* Methane pollution and its impact on climate change
* Air pollution impacts
* Exposure to toxic chemicals
* Blowouts due to gas explosion
* Waste disposal * Large volume water use in water-deficient regions * Fracking-induced earthquakes * Workplace safety
* Infrastructure degradation

Fracking for oil and natural gas is too dangerous:

it threatens the water we drink, the air we breathe, and our health. It also accelerates climate change. That’s why we need to ban fracking now.