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Fact Sheet: Environmental Impacts Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing

posted on Sat, Oct 1 2011 12:00 am by Eastern Region

Hydrofracturing, or “fracking,” is a process for removing natural gas from rock formations deep beneath the earth’s surface. The process requires the use of chemicals, along with sand, water and pressure, to fracture rock and extract the natural gas. This fact sheet details the environmental impacts of fracturing including toxic chemicals and radioactive materials, water contamination and air contamination.

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