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Fracking Hell: The Untold Story

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Published on Jan 11, 2011

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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.

With a gas production boom underway in the Marcellus Shale and plans for some 400,000 wells in the coming decades, the cumulative impact of dumping potential lethal waste without adequate oversight is a catastrophe waiting to happen. And now U.S. companies are exporting fracking to Europe.

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 one guy here say "There is regulations by state laws that prevent the "contamination" of domestic water sources. The guy with his "water" on fire is bs you'd the chemicals used to fracture the shale is not that flammable and would require way to high a concentration of it along side the breaking of the Law by the companies who use Hydraulic Fracturing to be allowed to" What he doesn't say is that the regulation lacks control and complaining isn't taking serious. The regulations are a big joke. Real stupidity from american politicians to give this bill a go....what where they thinking? in 30 years from now they will regret it but by then it's too late. It is a disaster 10 times bigger than fukushima 
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Raven4122
I used to work on a frack crew and YES this is a direct result from fracking, It is VERY common for the extreme air pressures pumped into these well to travel to another well and pressurize it, SO for that pressure to to find its way into a normally UNPOLLUTED water table and pollute it YES.. but big money and crooked politicians will ALWAYS cover it up.. It is NOT SAFE and it does and will continue to ruin  fresh water supplies, But thats ok because they will gladly sell you bottled water from one of their affiliate companies..
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Kevin HandPwr™
There must be a complete & total paradigm shift away from the destructive nature of careless consumption! No longer can the corporate profit be more important than the well-being of planet earth, nor its inhabitants. The madness of greed has poisoned the heart & minds of man; or those who carelessly, recklessly pillage the earth. There must be accountability, recompense, and reversal of practice . . . as this is not sustainable; not at all. (15:11)
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Jen Hamil
WHERE IS ERIN BROKROVICH WHEN YOU NEED HER.
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Qingeaton
Nothing on this earth matters but corporate profits.
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Micheal Beers
This would have been a good video if they aired both views, For and against. This video is 100% against Fracking. NOT credible.
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James Tramel
I have been watching these events for a couple of years, It is evident that peoples lives are destroyed by the destruction of their water supply, but the new study out by The Weather Channel | InsideClimate News | The Center for Public Integrity shows that the air is also polluted and deadly. (A MUST WATCH VIDEO) The Weather Channel | InsideClimate News | The Center for Public Integrity 
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mememojo
fracking requires billions of gallons of fresh water per sight that will then be rendered unusable for hundreds of year because of it's high contamination and radioactivity.
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JOHN PUBLIC
What was the result of the Cornell University Study that Professor Ingraffea spoke of? Has it been released? Where can it be found? Are there any other significant studies that support Anti-Fracking or other Environmentalist's views? Our Government is allowing the Poisoning of our Planet Earth and of our citizens property, this is outrageous! Fracking should be stopped in favor of a 99% Safer Method of Natural Gas Extraction! The Politicians that Vote for this Poisoning should be Exposed by name on a Website Wall on how they Voted, so everyone, including their Families, can be a Witness!! Bastards !
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Marvin Burrows
It's too bad that opposition is based on such ignorance and lies.  For example, one person mentions the chemicals used, a couple being ethanol (rubbing alcohol) and ethylene glycol (anti freeze).  The lie is that they try to make these sound like exotic chemicals.  The truth is that everybody in the video has these materials either in their medicine cabinet or in the radiator of their car.  Another lie is that fracturing is a new technology.  It was perfected BEFORE 1950, and has been used all over the world since.  The real problem these people have is clearly shown in one segment of this video.  These people are anti-progress and anti-business.  They want their sleepy little town to remain that way....... no progress, no new business, no new jobs, no new infrastructure.  What a shame.
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