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