Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is petroleum industry technique that pumps large amounts of water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure. The purpose is to open up fissures that improve the flow of oil and natural gas.
People in the Pavillion area in central Wyoming say their water reeks of chemicals because of fracking for gas drilling.
The group Earthworks recently distributed a health survey to Pavillion residents. Of 16 responses, 13 people report respiratory problems.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been investigating the well contamination.
It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well - rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
But what comes out of the ground with that natural gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water?
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Below is a great Documentary about whats going on in America. Called "Gasland"