Though the gas industry claims fracking is safe and doesn’t harm drinking water, that story doesn’t match what many landowners report from the fracking fields.
A few town of Pamelia residents on Route 342 west of Interstate 81 endured water contamination and pipe corrosion long before a new municipal water line was constructed in 2013.
Among them was the late Parker Whedon, a Charlotte lawyer who had paddled and fished the free-flowing Catawba for decades. Whedon argued that Duke should restore what an 1890s account called the “rolling, seething, foaming, rushing water” of the Catawba’s rippingest rapids.
The City of Winnipeg has been using its aqueduct like a straw to draw fresh water from Shoal Lake for nearly a century, but the First Nation impacted by the construction of the waterway wants a year-round road in return.
A new study by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation fills this gap and finds that 75 percent of community drinking water systems in Los Angeles County exhibit at least one indicator of supply vulnerability due either to dependency on a single type of water source, local groundwater contamination, small size or a projected increase in extreme heat days over the coming decades.
By now, the whole nation is aware that its fruit and vegetable basket, California, is in the fourth year of an unprecedented drought. One NASA scientist recently projected that the state may only have roughly a year’s supply of water left in its reserves.
As drought, flooding, and climate change restrict America’s water supply, demands from population growth and energy production look set to increase, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Seven of Ireland’s popular bathing spots failed minimum clean water tests due to sewage pollution, leaving swimmers with a 10 per cent risk of picking up a bug, an official report has revealed.
Farming is ruined. The plants are diseased. There are flies, worms, and it is spreading.” Animals and birds were soon replaced by swamps of sewage, swarming flies and thriving bacteria. Residents began to suffer from an increase in allergies, inflammation, fevers and weakened immunity, Abu Kash said. Disease-ridden mosquitoes feasted on the community at night. The stench was overpowering.
Yet while farmers will face water restrictions, one major user — and polluter — of the state’s water is exempt: the oil and gas industry, which, according to RT, uses 2 million gallons of fresh water per day.
Even in the midst of its historic, ongoing drought, California used millions of gallons of water for fracking last year, according to state officials.