Hydrofracturing, or “fracking,” is a process for removing natural gas from rock formations deep beneath the earth’s surface. New approaches to fracking are raising significant questions about the risk to human and environmental health. While some see fracking as a solution to our nation’s energy crisis, others see it as a potential threat to public health.
By now, many people are aware of the rise in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a natural gas extraction method. But most people probably have not thought about the health implications of all that silica sand used in fracking.
This environmental health fact sheet examines state by state laws regarding fracking in states above the Marcellus Shale in the Eastern U.S.
This fact sheet summarizes federal regulations and regulatory gaps associated with fracking.
This fact sheet details the environmental impacts of fracturing including toxic chemicals and radioactive materials, water contamination and air contamination.
Never having watched an episode of Battlestar Galactica, I didn’t understand the funny looks I got when I started talking about a new issue being researched by the Network: fracking. Apparently in BG’s science fiction universe, “frack” is a dirty word. In the real world, fracking is considered a potentially dirty process by many environmental and public health researchers and advocates.