Fracking has been known to be cause environmental and health damage. Doctors have begun warning the United States government along with gas and oil producers of the dangers revolving around fracking, with many on a quest to end fracking completely. But how long will it really be until we finally put an end to this controversial practice?
Fracking, or the act of pumping water and chemicals underground in order to facilitate the flow of oil or gas, is resulting in contaminated and polluted groundwater. Environmentalists and activists alike have long been trying to force oil and gas companies to disclose which chemicals are being used for their drilling and fracking process, but efforts have been less than successful.
A 2011 congressional report states that many of the chemicals being used in the fracking process do pose a health risk, and so individuals should know exactly what chemicals are being used. Another report released by the Food & Water Watch states that the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is to become a global and environmental health threat.
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, states:
“Fracking is a dangerous American export that should be viewed critically by countries just starting to engage in the practice. Modern drilling and fracking have caused widespread environmental and public health problems, as well as posed serious, long-term risks to vital water resources…while the oil and gas industry is profiting off of this technology, it has been a disaster for Americans exposed to its pollution.”
Although the full list of ingredients used in fracking is not known, we do have a partial list. Here are some of the known ingredients and chemicals used in the fracking process:
- Water – Making up approximately 99 percent of fracking fluid.
- Methanol – A chemical used in antifreeze, pain solvent, and vehicle fluid, methanol can cause headaches, fatigue, eye irritation and can be fatal at high doses. Swallowing methanol could cause eye damage or even death.
- Benzene – Found in gasoline, benzene has been shown to cause dizziness, weakness, and chest constriction at short-term exposure while being a major contributor to lifetime excess cancer risk. Benzene is a known carcinogen.
- Crystalline silica – A known carcinogen, crystalline silica is harmful when inhaled over a long period of time, leading to silicosis or cancer. It can be found in concrete, brick mortar, and construction sands.
- Naphthalene – Naphthalene is found in mothballs, can cause respiratory tract irritation, nausea, vomiting, fever, death, and is carcinogenic.
- Diesel – Another carcinogen, diesel is known to cause redness, burning, severe skin damage, and cancer.
- Formaldehyde – Ingesting one ounce of formaldehyde can cause death, while exposure over time can cause lung damage, nervous system disorders, and reproductive problems in women. The chemical is also a carcinogen.
- Lead – Previously found in 500 popular lipstick shades, and known to contaminate the water supply, lead is a carcinogenic heavy metal found in paint and building construction materials. It leads to nervous system damage, fertility problems, and brain disorders.
- Sulfuric acid – Found in lead-acid batteries for cars, sulfuric acid is corrosive to all body tissues. At a lethal dose of between 1 teaspoonful and 1.5 ounce, it is classified as a probable carcinogen.
Many more chemicals can be found in the fracking process such as fuel oil #2, kerosene, hydrofluoric acid, and boric acid. With mainstream doctors, the EPA, and countless activists around the nation protesting the health-threatening nature of hydraulic fracking, isn’t it time that an independent investigation was conducted?
5 thoughts on “Carcinogenic Chemicals Contaminating Water Supply Through Fracking”
Well of course these noxious chemicals will reach the water table and end up in drinking water but these people just do not care. There are enough examples throughout the world demonstrating that money comes before people and harm of any sort for anyone to – not not get it! And these people who do this know what they are doing is bad, very bad. Therefore talking to them is a waste of time. They must be stopped – it's either that or be a chronic invalid through bad health.
Ill agree with you on that matter Annie. I work along side frac almost everyday. It is an incredibly dangerous and destructive job..Not only the chemicals but the pressure put on those well is incredible any where frtom 0 to 9600+ PSI… This business is a huge monster with tenticles every where….Come out to west Texas and sample some water from here. You would be shocked at first by the smell, then the taste and then you probably get sick. I was warned during orientation not to drink the water. That i would be on the toilet the next 3 days…..That is because, in my personel opinion, of all the oil Drilling, Fracing, Perforating that has gone on for so long here. This Oil thing is a beast and we will not see it disappear any time soon. There are too many interests at stake, mine being personal. The more they drill the more money I am able to supply to my family. I have no doubt that Fracing does endanger the water supply but hey who cares there is money to be made…
They are framing in Alberta and no one really cares, there is no mention of the damage that it could do to the enviroment.
They are actually ftracking in the mountains where the head waters of many rivers come ,,from, example Athabasca river which finally ends up in Fort Mc Murray.
Not even a clean mountain stream is possible in Alberta.
Stop being hippocrates do you drive a care, have a lawn more, eat food transported with diesel. I bet you do. I work on a water treatment site for frac water and in Wyoming we are pretty much making drinking water and we use our byproduct as fuel and mix in with condensate. So instead of pointing fingers do realize if you do away with fracing then thousands of us who work on the rigs will lose our jobs. We need scientists to come up with biodegradable chemicals that separate sand from the water and boom problem solved and we would still have a job cleaning the Flowback with mud and condi in it.
thanks for helping me!