A few years ago, not many people had heard of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, the process of extracting natural gas from deep wells in the earth. But now it’s pretty much a household term, especially since Vermont made news last year banning fracking in the state.
We’re still on a learning curve. People know that the process requires a lot of water and a toxic mix of chemicals, but maybe not the extent. NBC News reported in January that 830 million gallons of wastewater were created in 2011 by fracking in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. Google “fracking” and “carcinogens” and see what you find.