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Doctor’s Tip: Fracking is not good for human health or the planets

Proposition 112 on this year's ballot increases the buffer zone between new oil and gas wells and homes, schools, hospitals and water sources from the current 500 feet to 2,500 feet. Drilling new wells usually involves fracking. According to Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), "in fracking, a complex mixture of chemicals is combined with millions of gallons of water, then pumped deep underground under high pressure to fracture rock, thus releasing tiny bubbles of gas or oil." From a public health perspective, 2,500 feet is clearly better than 500 feet — not only for new wells but old ones as well (proposition 112 addresses only new wells). PSR and some other physician organizations say that due to its dangers to public health and the health of our planet, fracking should be banned altogether, and some states have done that.   Read more...

 

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