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The Fracking Industry’s Water Nightmare

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Fracking, which involves using pressurized liquid to shatter shale rock in the pursuit of oil and gas, is in messy waters, so to speak, as new evidence shows that fracking wastewater is harmful to the environment. In an attempt to reduce their costs for disposing of this toxic liquid, the industry dumps it into rivers and even injects it into drinking water aquifers, to name a few, DESMOG reports.

Another preferred “solution” is to pump the water back into the ground — a practice that many believe is the cause of an increase in earthquakes where fracking is taking place. Ironically, this method also damages the very oil and gas wells they’re digging.

It’s been a while since I addressed the fracking issue, but since the featured article mentions that the industry seems bent on changing the rules more than shaping up its practices, it may be time to once again give fracking a thought. The crux of this is that fracking proponents claim it’s a safe and effective drilling method, but in reality as the years go by, it’s proving to be just the opposite.

Besides water, there are chemicals in fracking liquid, and there are real, documented adverse effects reported after exposure to them. They include respiratory ailments, shortness of breath, chemical sensitivities, skin rashes, swelling, skin lesions, severe headaches, nausea and vomiting. And, when you consider what fracking leaves behind in the form of contaminated drinking water (not to mention a higher risk of earthquakes) it just doesn’t make sense to let this industry continue as it has.

Polluted water is probably one of the world’s greatest worries right now. We have to have water to live. Yet, around the world, more and more aquifers, oceans, lakes and rivers are becoming polluted and thus, less able to sustain life. In most instances, it’s a major industry that is the cause of this pollution. In the U.S., agriculture single-handedly poses the greatest threat to water quality.

Next to that, even in municipalities where water is filtered and treated, you still can’t trust that your water is safe, especially if you live in a community that treats its water with fluoride. Beyond that, a 2017 analysis of water samples from 50,000 water utilities in 50 states found more than 267 different kinds of toxins in the water supplies.

So, whether you’re on well water that could be contaminated with ag or fracking runoff, or in a city with city water, it’s imperative that you take your own health in your own hands by making sure to filter these things out of your water, yourself. This situation has become so serious that, truly, filtering your own water really is no longer an option.

Ideally, you want a filtration system that uses a combination of methods to remove contaminants, as this will ensure the removal of the widest variety of contaminants. One of the best filtration systems I’ve found so far is the Pure & Clear Whole House Water Filtration System, which uses a three-stage filtration process consisting of a micron sediment pre-filter, a KDF water filter and a high-grade carbon water filter.

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