(NaturalNews) The petroleum and natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing is becoming more common in the United States, especially in the East. This method injects water, sand, and chemicals deep into rock formations, creating fractures that allow petroleum and natural gas to migrate toward the drilled out well.
More people are beginning to voice concern over this method of extraction, citing environmental and health concerns. Fracking can contaminate the ground water and deplete fresh water sources. Some seismologists have tied excessive fracking to regional earthquake activity. Fracking not only damages air quality but also causes local noise pollution. When migrating gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals rise to the surface, they readily contaminate the land and poison people.