There is a substantial amount of evidence documenting the side effects of hydraulic fracturing, the majority of which are related to water contamination. The main causes of concern include:
- Methane contamination of ground water.
- The toxic chemicals (and their carcinogenic properties) used in the process.
- Contamination of water as a result of various materials leaching out of fracked rocks into the fracking fluid. Of particular concern are toxic elements like arsenicthat can be brought to the surface by this process.
- Radioactive Contamination. Radioactive isotopes (such as radium-226) can also be leached out of rocks the fracking fluid passes through. Biological concentration of these materials up the food chain would be the largest concern.
- Food supply contamination via contaminated water.
- The quantity of water involved in the fracking process in a climate of drought, water resource pressures and the needs of the agricultural community in Somerset.
- Fracking has also been linked with air pollution, due to the production of ozone and leaks of a variety of volatile chemicals. Increases in respiratory problems have already been reported around the first fracking site in the UK.
- Fracking has also been associated with earthquakes, most notoriously in the UK in Lancashire.
- Fracking also demands an industrial landscape and an increase in traffic, the infrastructure of which has its own pollution consequences.
- Fracking also extinguishes any opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a county or national level.
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