March 24th, 2012
(HigginsBlog) – Despite evidence linking it to cancer, radiation, earthquakes, and neurotoxins the feds are backtracking on plans to review hydraulic fracturing of natural gas.
There is widespread and well documented evidence that fracking destroys water supplies by permanently polluting them with radioactive substances and other toxic chemicals.
The process has also been definitively linked to causing earthquakes in Ohio.
Yet despite all of these dangers, the Obama administration is now backing off previous promises to perform an extensive review into the safety of fracking.
As I have previously reported:
The Feds will allow Natural Gas drillers to continue dumping radioactive water into water supplies as taxpayers fund a new system to remove radiation from the water.
After a government cover up of radioactive contamination being dumped into water supplies was exposed the feds are now sending citizens the bill to clean up the mess.
To make matters worse, the federal government will allow natural gas drillers to continue to dump high levels of radioactive waste into the environment while the system is developed to remove the radioactive contaminants from the water.
A report on Forbes today reveals that U.S taxpayers will pay $1.4 million to subsidize the development of the $2 million system which will be used to remove the radioactive Radium-226 from the water.
A New York Times report drew attention to the radioactive contamination in the water earlier this year after studying internal EPA documents which revealed the feds knew that fracking process used by natural gas drillers was polluting the drinking water.
A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report reveals that despite tests showing high levels of radiation in the water, the feds and state regulators are still allowing radioactive waste to be dumped into the water without testing the levels of radioactivity.
On top of all of those danger’s, the feds also have evidence that fracking process uses the main neurotoxin ingredient in BP’s infamous Corexit dispersant.
The Activist Post highlights more of the dangers in their latest article on the topic.
In a new study soon to be published in an edition of Science of the Total Environment, researchers found yet again that hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is causing cancer.
While fracking is known to be contributing to various health problems through the contamination of groundwater, it is also important to recognize that those near the hydraulic fracturing sites are taking in an even greater dose of chemicals through the air.Cancerous Air a Result of Hydraulic Fracturing
The process of fracking involves a number of harmful and carcinogenic substances that are helping to lead to the downfall of public health. The EPA has admitted that this method of attaining oil or gas by pumping chemicals underground is causing polluted water, which being consumed by countless number of individuals every day. Still, the process of fracking persists.
The new research focusing on fracking’s negative impact on air quality is pointing out that, after three years of monitoring air quality near fracking sites, there are a number of toxic petroleum hydrocarbons in the air.“Our data show that it is important to include air pollution in the national dialogue on natural gas development that has focused largely on water exposures to hydraulic fracturing” Lead author Lisa McKenzie, Ph.D., MPG, saidMany of the chemicals used in the fracking process are harmful by nature, and are being ingested far too regularly. You can expect to find carcinogenic chemicals such as naphthalene, diesel, formaldehyde, and lead in the fracking process, but one of the primary cancer-causing culprits eyed down by scientists and researchers is benzene. Found in gasoline, benzene has been shown to cause dizziness, weakness, and chest constriction at short-term exposure while being a major contributor to lifetime excess cancer risk.
‘Our results show that the non-cancer health impacts from air emissions due to natural gas development is greater for residents living closer to wells…The greatest health impact corresponds to the relatively short-term, but high emission, well completion period…We also calculated higher cancer risks for residents living nearer to the wells as compared to those residing further [away]…Benzene is the major contributor to lifetime excess cancer risk from both scenarios,’ states the study report.
Research is consistently and conclusively reporting that fracking is indeed cause for concern, and thus should be heavily investigated. Mainstream doctors are urging the United States government to actually halt fracking — what do you think?
- Carcinogenic Chemicals Contaminating Water Supply Through Fracking
- Doctors Urge Fracking Halt Over Health Concerns
- EPA Admits Fracking Causing Groundwater Pollution
- Red Wine Shown to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk When Moderately Consumed
- Bombshell Research: Energy Saving Light Bulbs ‘Contain Cancer Causing Chemicals’
- Air Pollution Tied to Breast Cancer Development
This article first appeared at Natural Society, an excellent resource for health news and vaccine information.
Source: Higgins Blog