Why we should be concerned: Health risks from air emissions Groundwater and surface water contamination. (Each time a well is fracked, up to 5,000 gallons of chemicals are injected deeply into the earth.) Production of toxic and radioactive waste products. (Hydraulic fracturing has the potential to concentrate the natural occurring radioactive materials.) Fracking has been shown to cause earthquakes (The Oklahoma Geological Survey recently released a report detailing the possibility of hydraulic fracturing triggering dozens of earthquakes.) As what happened on Dec. 31, 2011 in Youngstown, Ohio — Man-made earthquakes — FRACKING blamed as official cause Disruption of rural life Global warming Reduction in property values Inadequate laws to protect us (N.C. currently doesn’t allow horizontal drilling or injection of high pressure or toxic waste fluids, but the energy industry is seeking to buy leases and overturn these protections.) Costly liability (Homeowners and landowners may be liable for damages they have no control over.)
What can you do? Attend a public meeting on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. at Grace Senior Center in Wadesboro.
Anson County’s W.A.L.L.
Protecting our Water, Air, Land and Lives