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Fracking should cease immediately for the sake of Americans’ health

Before I took an AP Environmental Science class in high school, I had never really heard of hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking. Fracking had not circulated enough in the news for me to have heard of its detrimental consequences, but my AP Environmental teacher was sure to teach me. Fracking is a method used to extract gas and oil from shale rock by digging deep and directing a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals at the rock. This process has many negative environmental impacts, which I would argue far outweigh the benefits of the extraction of natural gas. There has been a spike in the fracking news this past week after Pennsylvania announced it will spend $3 million to research the health impacts on workers and residents near fracking sites.  Read more....



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