Talking Points for Letters: Issues with Hydro-Fracking

  1. Methane gas escapes during drilling and creates planet warming and climate change.
  2. Air pollution impacts
  3. Exposure to toxic chemicals
  4. Blowouts due to gas explosion
  5. Waste water toxic chemical disposal
  6. Large volume of water use in water-deficient regions
  7. Fracking-induced earthquakes
  8. Health-threatening air pollution due to heavy truck traffic and fugitive emissions from gas wells and compressor stations
  9. Explosion hazards due to methane contamination of water supplies
  10. The long- and short-term health effects of drilling wells close to homes and schools
  11. Devaluation of residential properties
  12. Long periods of high noise levels
  13. Loss of green space
  14. Severe road damage
  15. Clear-cutting of trees for well pads (a typical multi-well pad occupies four to five acres or more)
  16. Habitat fragmentation (basically this is when a habitat is divided into isolated patches of landscape that has harmful effects on biodiversity – it is like putting in a new wall in the road blocking your from traveling any further – this can happen to animals when fracking divides what was once a contiguous habitat into smaller areas which can have detrimental effects on species that occupied the larger habitat)
  17. Illegal dumping of toxic waste (there is currently no viable plan for disposing of the contaminated cuttings and wastewater generated by the shale gas extraction process)
  18. The possibility of pipeline and gas well explosions and fires
  19. Damage to vegetation near gas wells, pipelines, and compressor stations
  20. Gas well flaring and its attendant air pollution
  21. The introduction of invasive species
  22. Damage to farmland
  23. Disruption of wildlife
  24. Pipeline leaks
  25. Chemical spills
  26. The inability of emergency response vehicles to quickly navigate through heavy drilling-related truck traffic on damaged roads
  27. The need for hiring many additional emergency personnel and the source of funding for those personnel
  28. Reserves may only last another 15-20 years, far fewer than the overstated natural gas industry projections.
  29. Health Impact is not good. In 2013 McKinsey found elevated risk of birth defects in populations residing within a ten-mile radius of wells.
  30. In 2011 a team led by Theo Colburn of the Endocrine Disruptor Exchange found that 25% of chemicals known to be used in fracking fluids are implicated in cancer, 37% in endocrine system disruption, and 75% could affect the skin, eyes and respiratory system.