This from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Studies show that the closer you live to a fracking site, the more likely you are to experience painful skin rashes, nose bleeds, breathing trouble, and chronic headaches.1

There's even research linking fracking to earthquakes. For instance, a part of Ohio that had never had earthquakes before saw 77 fracking-induced earthquakes in just one week.2

It seems that fracking is everywhere, but the science on its impact is limited and only just emerging—in part because scientists have a very hard time getting access to the chemicals used in the process. In most states, companies can claim they're protecting “trade secrets” to hide what chemicals they use in their fracking operations from the public.3 Meanwhile, people are getting sick, and families are scared.

That's why we're calling on the EPA to require fracking companies to at least tell the public what chemicals they're using. It's a small but necessary first step in bringing fracking practices under proper scientific scrutiny. UCS activists have already sent more than 30,000 letters to the EPA calling for this commonsense policy change.

Help pressure the EPA to end fracking secrecy. Become a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists now.

We've got our work cut out for us, especially because the industry's most powerful friends have just taken control of key committees in Congress.

While in office, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) took time out of his busy schedule to write a book called, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future. He's taken nearly $1.7 million from the oil and gas industry throughout his career. And he's now in charge of the committee that oversees the EPA.4

I believe the EPA wants to do the right thing, but it's going to come down to priorities on this one. Every time they hear from industry-friendly politicians like Senator Inhofe or oil giants like ExxonMobil, they need to hear from twice as many of us.

That's why we're mobilizing grassroots support on this issue, distributing our fracking toolkit for community activists far and wide, and making sure our network of oil and gas experts are ready to respond to whatever misinformation the industry broadcasts when the EPA finally acts.

1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/16/fracking-air-pollution-health-nrdc/20451639/, http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/09/10/respiratory-skin-problems...
2. http://www.livescience.com/49326-fracking-caused-ohio-earthquakes.htmlbr/> 3. http://blog.ucsusa.org/fracking-chemicals-and-our-health-epa-considers-a-hydraulic-fracturing-chemical-disclosure-rule-590
4. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inhofe-an-epa-foe-likely-to-lead-senate-environment-committee/2014/11/05/d0b4221e-64f4-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html, http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00005582&newMem=N&recs=20

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Dexterous 4 years 21 weeks ago
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Worse than that. One in 5 Americans live within 10 feet of a pipeline of some sort.

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