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Fracking or Hydraulic fracturing (also hydrofracturing, hydrofracking, fracking or fraccing), is a way to continue to get oil out of areas in the earth where oil is hard to get. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside [1]. It destroys the environment immensely, but it lowers gas prices. Fracking also causes earthquakes, such as in Kansas.[2]. It contaminates the water supply.[3]

There are more than 500,000 active natural gas wells in the US.


It re-opened a 300 million year old fault in Oklahoma.[4] Oklahoma's government stayed quiet to appease the petroleum industry.[5] The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed the earthquakes are caused by fracking.[6] The Oklahoma Supreme Court says homeowners can sue the oil companies though.[7] Oklahoma has about 40 earthquakes each week.[8]

Alabama is experiencing earthquakes near fracking developments.[9]

Economic harm

Fracking also creates boom and bust towns, such as in North Dakota where people go there for jobs. A lot of buiildings and businesses are build around it. Then the oil is sucked out and towns end up with the whole populace out of work, and the town becoming a ghost town.[10]

Environmental harm

Some of the poisonous chemicals that fracking puts into the water supply.

When California has a drought, the oil companies are immune from water restrictions for use in fracking.[11] Fracking also pollutes California's water, making even less clean water available.[12] Farmers near Bakersfield, California are using the toxic water to water their crops.[13]

A toxic chemical used in fracking, 2-Butoxyethanol or 2BE, known to have caused tumors in rodents, has shown up as a white foam in the drinking water of Pennsylvania homeowners.[14] Texas also has contaminated water supplies.[15]

The EPA has long lied about the dangers but in June 2015, they released a report saying eleven US states have been contaminated by it.[16][17]

Fracking also contaminates the water with radioactive chemicals[18] and in Texas even water pipes are turning radioactive.[19]

Health harm

People who live near fracking sites sites are more prone to have heart conditions, cancer and neurological illnesses.[20]

Police state

A 92-year-old woman, Violet Palmer of Denton, Texas, her 64-year-old son Theron, and a small group of activists went to protest fracking. The police took her and her son to jail.[21]


Benzene diet? No, thanks. California farmers angry at fracking wastewater use amidst record drought
California Bad Dreaming: Drought deepens, millions hit by water supply reduction


  1. http://www.dangersoffracking.com/
  2. http://rt.com/usa/224223-kansas-geologists-fracking-earthquakes/
  3. http://ecowatch.com/2015/01/23/fracking-wastewater-spill-north-dakota/
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2999373/Reactivated-fault-lines-Oklahoma-cause-major-quake-study.html
  5. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/oklahoma-knew-fracking-caused-earthquakes-but-stayed-quiet-to-appease-energy-industry/
  6. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-21/usgs-confirms-oklahoma-quakes-are-due-fracking
  7. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/us/oklahoma-court-rules-homeowners-can-sue-oil-companies-over-quakes.html?_r=2
  8. http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/08/07/fracking-nightmare-40-earthquakes-in-oklahoma-last-week/
  9. http://rt.com/usa/267349-alabama-earthquakes-fracking-gas/
  10. http://www.alternet.org/fracking/fracking-towns-desperate-laid-workers-they-dont-tell-you-its-all-lie
  11. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-03/californians-outraged-oil-producers-frackers-excluded-emergency-water-restrictions?fb_action_ids=1649831935245463&fb_action_types=og.likes
  12. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/04/07/fracking-pollutes-california-water-while-individuals-suffer/
  13. http://news.yahoo.com/pact-devil-california-farmers-oil-firms-water-075541481.html
  14. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/05/05/confirming-fears-scientists-detect-fracking-chemicals-drinking-water
  15. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/15/3567369/fracking-water-contamination-casing/
  16. http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/hfstudy/recordisplay.cfm?deid=244651
  17. http://www.globalresearch.ca/fracking-has-contaminated-drinking-water-in-eleven-states-epa-study/5454353
  18. https://schatziesearthproject.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/dep-1.jpg
  19. Texas drinking water makes pipes and plumbing radioactive
  20. http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/penns-fracking-sites-associated-with-higher-hospitalization-rates-2/20046/
  21. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/17/92-year-old-texas-woman-jailed-protesting-pro-fracking-state-law