Put an End to Fracking

The man brought his lips among the cup, slowly taking a sip, then another. Sip after sip he drank from his glass then suddenly he dropped his glass and staggered backward. He gasped then collapsed on the floor. Paramedics soon arrived due to a neighbor’s distressed call. They rushed the man to the hospital. The doctors at the hospital realized that he passed out because of radioactive waste-water. As they conducted a further examination they determined he had got anemia.

Anemia is a condition marked by the deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in parlor or weakness. According to the Center for Disease Control, water-contamination from hydraulic fracturing can cause anemia, cataracts, and cancer. Fracturing should be banned from the United States because it harms the environment as well as people, and it can also can cause natural disasters.

The first reason why fracturing should be banned from the United States is because it harms people. The people living near the hydraulic fracturing site are in danger of chronic health problems according to the Los Angeles Times. Breathing in smoke and smog is not a good idea. Another factor that arises awareness is drinking water pollution. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency did a study on how harmful hydraulic fracturing is on drinking water.

In the analysis they asked the following questions: What are the possible impacts of inadequate treatment of hydraulic fracturing wastewater on drinking water resources? What are the possible impacts of flow back and produced water (collectively referred to as “hydraulic fracturing wastewater”) surface spills on or near well pads on drinking water resources? What are the possible impacts of the injection and fracturing process on drinking water resources?

What are the possible impacts of large volume water withdrawals from ground and surface waters on drinking water resources? What are the possible impacts of hydraulic fracturing fluid surface spills on or near well pads on drinking water resources? They had indeed concluded that fracturing does interfere with water supply. In the movie “Gasland” a man turns on a faucet and puts a lighter near it. Within a few moments flames erupt from the faucet. This was probably due to the fact that a fracturing site was located nearby. That is the first reason on why hydraulic fracturing should be banned in the United States.

The second reason why hydraulic fracturing should be banned in the United States is because it harms the environment. Fracturing also sends harmful smoke and material into the air. This can kill of vital plants and animals. If an animal becomes extinct, it ruins the whole food chain. Animals such as the dodo bird, eastern elk, and the cape lion all met their end due to human activities. If hydraulic fracturing continues many animals will become extinct. If fracturing kills off trees the human race will suffer. Trees are the only reason we are breathing. That is the second reason on why fracturing should be banned in the United States.

Lastly, hydraulic fracturing is linked to causing natural disasters. A scientific study showed that fracturing causes earthquakes. Earthquake prone areas in the United States are in even deeper trouble! Also with big oil/gas companies like Exxon-Mobile and Chevron adopting hydraulic fracturing, accidental oil spills is a potential problem. The oil spills will have an even worse effect on the environment. That is the last reason on why fracturing should be banned in the United States.

Hydraulic fracturing is not a good idea. It harms the environment as well as people, and it causes natural disasters. That is why hydraulic fracturing should be banned in the United States. By Anonymous