It is well-known that many of the chemicals used in fracking, acidizing, and gravel packing are harmful to our bodies. Just look at the above graphic. What hasn't been so clear is the evidence that highlights incidences where these chemicals have actually made people sick.
When I got out of Rosanna Esparza’s car, a mixture of smelly eggs and sewer sludge hit me. I was just feet away from an unlined pit used to dump wastewater from oil and gas operations and I had to resist from gagging.
Earlier this week, I got a chance to fly in the cockpit of a miniature airplane up above California's Central Valley (thanks to our pilot, Michael, and an awesome organization called Lighthawk). My mission: to photograph fracking from above and to see what I could of the oil industry's [...]
Fracking has long been the oil and natural gas industry’s best kept secret – in particular, the chemicals found in fracking fluids, which have been linked to a host of weird mystery ailments, like respiratory or gastrointestinal distress.