To ban fracking, acidizing and other extreme extraction methods that cause adverse health and environmental effects in Los Angeles County, and set the precedent for other cities to follow in suit.
FRACK·ING | verb
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of injecting millions of gallons of water, sand, and tens of thousands of gallons of known toxic chemicals deep underground at extremely high pressures to fracture open rock formation.
ACID·I·ZA·TION | noun
Acidization is the process of using hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid to stimulate wells as they melt rock layers that allow oil and gas to flow more freely. Hydrochloric and hydrochloric acid are air toxins that can cause illness and even fatalities if exposure is high enough.
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
140 billion gallons of fresh water are used for fracking each year. The act of fracking contaminates this water with highly toxic and cancer-causing chemicals that are then routed back into aquifers and even used for farming.
Research has linked pollution from fracking to unhealthy levels of methane, smog and toxic air contaminants. Exposure to this pollution can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, respiratory illnesses, central nervous system damage, birth defects, cancer, or premature death.
Through water and air contamination, fracking has been linked to a variety of adverse health impacts, including cancer. Found in just one sample of fracking waste water, 55 unique chemicals can be classified as known, human carcinogens and 20 compounds are evident of leukemia/lymphoma risk.
The EPA has acknowledged the connection between fracking and increased earthquakes. Most of these earthquakes are caused by disposing of fracking waste water in underground injection wells.
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