Ban Fracking in Texas (and other states)
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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the United States began in 1949 and has grown since then. Hydraulic fracturing produces fractures in the rock formation that increase the flow of natural gas or oil. Wells may be drilled vertically hundreds to thousands of feet below land. Fractures are created by pumping large quantities of fluids at high pressure down into a target rock formation. The internal pressure of the rock formation causes fluid to return to the surface. While it may seem like an efficient way to obtain natural gas and oil, there are huge negative environmental side effects of this process. This includes contamination of ground water, risks to air quality, the potential migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, and the resulting effects on health such as an increased rate of cancer. These fractures also have greatly increased the number of seismic events in North Texas and other areas in the United States. Finally, fracking requires enormous amounts of water. An average well requires 3 to 8 million US gallons of water over its lifetime. There are concerns for farmers competing with oil and gas for water. Agricultural communities have already seen water prices rising because of that problem. Hydraulic fracturing is not a sustainable action that the United States should be participating in. So if you love your country, please sign my petition to ban hydraulic fracturing in states that have not already done so. Thank you!
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