News Release | Environment America

Fracking by the Numbers

Washington, D.C. — As federal policy makers decide on rules for fracking on public lands, a new report calculates the toll of this dirty drilling on our environment, including 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater generated by fracking in 2012 -- enough to flood all of Washington, D.C., in a 22-foot deep toxic lagoon. The Environment America Research & Policy Center report, "Fracking by the Numbers," is the first to measure the damaging footprint of fracking to date.

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Who Pays the Cost of Fracking?

Fracking operations pose a staggering array of threats to our environment and health – contaminating drinking water, harming the health of nearby residents, marring forests and landscapes, and contributing to global warming. Many of these damages from drilling have significant “dollars and cents” costs. To the extent that this dirty drilling is allowed to
continue, policymakers must require, among other things, that the oil and gas industry provide up front financial assurance commensurate with the potential for damage.

Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

The Costs of Fracking

The Costs of Fracking report documents a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling. The report makes clear that fracking creates millions of dollars of health costs related to everything from air pollution to ruined roads to contaminated property. 

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