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Nature Study on Diminishing Groundwater Resources Another Reason to Ban Fracking

August 10, 2012

The following statement is re-posted from Food & Water Watch.

“Nothing shows the dangerous connection between drought and fracking more than the study released by the journal Nature this week, which shows groundwater demand is exceeding supply, particularly in agricultural zones. Not only is the oil and gas industry turning our rural areas into sacrifice zones, it is also diverting water that is needed to grow food.

“Drilling and fracking is not only a threat to water quality — it also uses massive amounts of water, removing much of the water used from the water cycle altogether.

“Unbelievably, even during horrendous drought conditions, oil and gas companies are able to continue using our freshwater resources while communities pay for pricy technologies like water reclamation plants, as we see in Big Spring, Texas. And in Colorado, farmers are competing with the oil and gas industry, who are driving up prices at water auctions.

“Fracking is not only a problem for consumers and farmers in the United States. France and Bulgaria have banned fracking thanks to the risks to water and agricultural areas. More communities, from South Africa to Australia, are fighting it as well. On September 22, these communities will join together for a global day of action to tell decision makers around the world that fracking should be banned. We can’t sacrifice our public health, our environment and communities, and there is no replacement for our diminishing water resources.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Karn Fifelski permalink
    August 10, 2012 3:10 pm


  2. Mike Franz permalink
    August 10, 2012 3:16 pm

    Since some countries have banned it, does that mean they know the names of the top secret chemicals used in this procecdure? If they do, we can assume the same chemicals are used in the US

  3. August 10, 2012 4:22 pm

    Mike, we already know what chemicals are being used in fracking. This was part of the expose done in the film Gasland and other sources. Part of the problem is that the federal government does not require the companies to disclose what chemicals they use.

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