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Fracking related leaks, explosions, fires, toxic h...

Request #14852

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Submitted on Sunday January 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Fracking related leaks, explosions, fires, toxic health threats, earthquakes, permit violations, and other incidents

State and federal laws allow hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) to extract methane (the principal component of 'natural' gas) from deep underground sources. The EPA notes that "Methane (CH4) is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities" (http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/gases/ch4.html) and is aware of the potential impacts on water quality and human health impacts.

The EPA should track leaks, explosions, fires, toxic health threats, earthquakes, permit violations, and other incidents related to fracking.

A recent large leak from an underground well storing methane from the natural gas / fracking industry is reported to be the largest incident in US history after the BP gulf spill. This is an example of the type of information that should be tracked by the EPA.:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCqtA1MvLAI
http://www.dogonews.com/2016/1/10/methane-gas-leak-in-southern-california-forces-thousands-to-evacuate-their-homes
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-methane-gas-leak_568f004de4b0cad15e644090
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/220717-state-of-emergency-declared-over-californias-ongoing-methane-leak
http://www.weather.com/news/video/methane-gas-leak-forces-california-governor-to-declare-state-of-emergency


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