In West Virginia, 8 percent of K-12 students spend their days less than a mile from fracking operations. Fully 10 percent of nursing homes are within one mile of a fracked well.
The body of evidence is growing that fracking is not only bad for the global climate, it is also dangerous for local…thinkprogress.org
“Schools and daycare centers should be safe places for kids to play and learn,” Environment America’s Rachel Richardson said.
Fracking — an extraction process that uses high volumes of chemical-laced water to break up shale rocks formations deep underground, releasing the oil and gas deposits trapped inside — has been tied to a number of health and environmental risks. A recent study from Pennsylvania found a link between fracking and migraines, and a report last month found that children in the United States will experience 750,000 asthma attacks each summer by 2025 that will be directly attributable to the oil and gas industry.
New analysis from the Clean Air Task Force shows that by 2025 America’s children will experience 750,000 asthma attacks…thinkprogress.org
“American society aspires to protect children, the sick and the elderly,” Elizabeth Ridlington, a policy analyst with Frontier Group and a co-author of the report, said in a statement. “We’ve sunk to putting vulnerable populations at risk instead of making the wholesale shift to conservation and renewable energy.”
There is a documented correlation, as well, between incidence of fracking near schools and the socioeconomic profile of a community: Less affluent, non-white communities are more likely to have fracking, and to have less controlled fracking, than wealthier, whiter communities.
It was just before summer vacation in 2012 when a company named Encana began to drill for natural gas between two…thinkprogress.org
Beyond its immediate impact on air quality, fracking and the natural gas it often produces has been tied to increased methane emissions. As methane traps heat 86 times more effectively over a 20-year period than carbon dioxide, the most prevalent greenhouse gas, it is a key contributor to global warming.
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