Fracking Hell: The True Cost of America’s Gas Rush

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An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK’s Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?

Marcellus Shale contains enough natural gas to supply all US gas needs for 14 years. But as gas drilling takes place, using a process called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” toxic chemicals and methane gas seep into drinking water. Now experts fear that unacceptable levels of radioactive Radium 226 in gas development waste.

Fracking chemicals are linked to bone, liver and breast cancers, gastrointestinal, circulatory, respiratory, developmental as well as brain and nervous system disorders. Such chemicals are present in frack waste and may find their way into drinking water and air.

Waste from Pennsylvania gas wells — waste that may also contain unacceptable levels of radium — is routinely dumped across state lines into landfills in New York, Ohio and West Virginia. New York does not require testing waste for radioactivity prior to dumping or treatment. So drill cuttings from Pennsylvania have been dumped in New York’s Chemung and other counties and liquid waste is shipped to treatment plants in Auburn and Watertown New York. How radioactive is this waste? Experts are calling are for testing to find out.
New York State may have been the first state in the nation to put a temporary hold on fracking pending a safety review, but it allows other states to dump toxic frack waste within its boundaries.

 

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Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura – Season 2 Episode 7 – The BP Oil Spill (Full Version)

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Former Navy Seal, professional wrestler, and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura takes a deep look at the BP Oil Spill of 2010. Did British Petroleum know that their oil rig was faulty and going to blow? Worse yet, did BP plan to spill the oil so corrupt insiders could make millions selling the stock before the spill then buy it back at rock bottom prices? Was the government involved in this coverup? Why did Halliburton’s profits jump 83% during the oil spill? Original air date 10 December 2010.

 

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