US rally to raise awareness of fracking risks

Communities across the US are due to hold rallies next week to “shine light” on problems related to fracking. The event ‘Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste: National Rally Day’ is […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Communities across the US are due to hold rallies next week to “shine light” on problems related to fracking.

The event ‘Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste: National Rally Day’ is expected to raise awareness of serious risks to public health and safety and links to earthquakes, spills, leaks and contamination.

Fracking involves a process of extracting gas from tight layers of rocks deep underground by using water pressure.

Susie Beiersdorfer from Frackfree America National Coalition, which is organising the event said: “The disposal, handling and transport of enormous amounts of toxic fracking waste is a concern for all states. No one is sufficiently safeguarding our air quality and drinking water sources and the public health and safety.”

The process has also proved controversial in the UK following a minor earthquake in Blackpool last year as a report suggested a possible link between the earthquake and the extraction process.