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Fracking wastewater devours all life in West Virginia forest
Fracking fluid, the liquid waste left over from the controversial mining technique, wreaks havoc on a plot of land in a test by the U.S. Forest Service.
Sat, Aug 06, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Fracking fluid is made up of a slurry of caustic and toxic chemicals. Each company uses a different blend and is allowed to keep the ingredients secret in the name of protecting intellectual property. The fracking process kicks up a lot of really nasty water that is often dumped, untreated, into nearby waterways. It's disgusting.
New Jersey, which admittedly has few gas reserves, just imposed a ban on fracking, but states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia have embraced the practice whole heartedly. Regulations and rules are fought by the industry with simple platitudes and assurances of safety.
We're heading down a dark path with fracking. It's only going to get worse.
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