In public debates around the globe, the term “fracking” has come to mean much more than just the specific process of injecting large volumes of fluid – typically a mix of water, sand and chemicals, including known carcinogens – deep underground to fracture rock formations so shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane and/or tight oil can flow out of the rock and up to the surface.
“Fracking” has become synonymous with the ways in which the oil and gas industry:
- Fragments forests and mars landscapes with new roads, new well sites and new pipelines and other infrastructure
- Produces huge amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste, the disposal of which causes earthquakes and risks drinking water resources
- Causes thousands of accidents, leaks and spills each year that threaten public health and safety and risk rivers, streams and shallow aquifers
- Pumps hazardous pollutants into the air, at the expense of local communities, families and farms
- Turns homes into explosive hazards by contaminating water wells with methane and other harmful gases
- Consumes millions of gallons of water for each fracked well, competing with farmers for local water supplies
- Puts vital aquifers at risk for generations by creating new pathways through which contaminants – including the chemicals injected, radioactive brines and methane and other hydrocarbon gases – can flow over long periods of time
- Threatens the climate on which we all depend by dumping carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, and by locking in future climate pollution with each new infrastructure project
- Delays the remaking of local and regional energy systems around proven clean solutions, using high-paid lobbyists, political campaign war chests and public relations flacks to stifle progress and prolong our dependence on oil and gas
- Enjoys enormous profits padded by billions of dollars a year in needless subsidies, at all of our expense.
The fight against fracking is the fight for an altogether different vision for the future of energy. It is the fight for democratic and localized energy systems, built on the efficient use of abundant and renewable energy resources.
Check out the links below to learn more about why you should join the Global Frackdown and help keep unconventional oil and gas safely underground.
- The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking
- Ban Fracking Now!
- Exposing the Oil and Gas Industry’s False Jobs Promise for Shale Gas Development: How Methodological Flaws Grossly Exaggerate Jobs Projections
- False Promises and Hidden Costs: The Illusion of Economic Benefits from Fracking
- Fracking: The New Global Water Crisis
- U.S. Energy Insecurity: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas Is a False Solution
- WASTE: The Soft & Dirty Underbelly of Fracking
- Fracking by the Numbers