As criticism grows over the environmental impact of the shale industry, it has emerged that the U.S. government approved offshore fracking wells which have dumped billions of gallons of wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico.
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What’s the Problem?
July 11, 2016 – The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has released documents indicating that U.S. officials approved over 1,200 offshore fracks in 630 wells in the Gulf between 2010 and 2014, according to EcoWatch.
The region has already been suffering from the effects of years of conventional oil and gas drilling, as well as the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster where millions of gallons of oil were spilled into the Gulf.
The CBD documents indicate that hydraulic fracking projects occurred off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, with no public involvement or site-specific tests conducted prior to drilling. In the process, at least 76 billion gallons of wastewater was dumped into the sea in 2014 alone.
There has recently been growing concern about the chemicals contained in fracking wastewater. Last year, CHEM Trust issued a report on how fracking chemicals could affect wildlife and people, citing specific examples of toxic materials used in the process, including chemicals “associated with leukemia in humans” and “toxic to sperm production in males.”
Then in April 2016, a study published in Oil Change International found elevated levels of 16 endocrine disruptors in samples taken near a hydraulic fracking site. And now it seems billions of gallons of fracking wastewater has been dumped into the ocean without anyone’s knowledge or oversight.
“Fracking has largely been in a shroud of secrecy,” said Miyoko Sakashita, Oceans Director at Center for Biological Diversity. “It is a dangerous activity that has no place in our oceans or the Gulf of Mexico.”
Do I Have a Fracking Lawsuit?
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