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.We are hearing more and more about communities, especially rural communities, being visited by companies asking for authorization to “test” for natural gas. At the same time, groups are being formed to alert people to the hazards and the possible consequences of allowing, much less encouraging, testing that may promote the “fracking” process.

We need to learn more about the hazards of breaking up shale rock in getting at the natural gas reserves. The use of water in the process is one of the biggest concerns: one frack job requires 4 million liters of water, the equivalent of 2 Olympic‐sized swimming pools, and each well is fracked multiple times. The resulting waste‐water is highly toxic. There is high risk of contamination in our wells and waterways since our freshwater resources often intersect with natural faults and fissures underground.

The documentary Gasland, made by a young man in America, shows what he found when he went seeking the stories of people and towns after they experienced fracking. To see a clip, we can visit:‐trailer.html



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