Let’s talk Fracking: facts and fiction
Claim 1: Fracking will contaminate the underground water supply.Subsurface contamination from fracking is almost impossible. Fracking involves the injection of liquid 7,000 to 15,000 feet underground — far deeper than drinking water aquifers, which often are about 300 feet below the surface
Claim 2: Fracking does lots of damage to land surrounding a drilling rig.
Operations do involve trucks, heavy equipment and facilities to store waste and other byproducts. However, any effect on the surface easily is restored, and waste products are disposed of carefully.
Claim 3: Fracking needs to be federally regulated.
Since it was introduced in the 1940s, fracking has been used to extract oil and gas in America more than 1 million times. During the past 70 years, fracking only has been regulated at the state level and has an unimpeachable safety record.