Hydraulic fracturing wells, Colorado and New Mexico

Shirley (Sug) McNall stands in front of a production gas well in Aztec New Mexico. “We live in a toxic community” she says, as she drives around what she calls the “toxic tour of hell”. Hydraulic fracturing has created America’s energy boom, but it has also created major environmental problems that are only now being fully researched and understood. Throughout the country “fracking” has local communities up in arms over highly dangerous airborn pollutants, and reasearchers from NASA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Assosciation (NOAA) and the University of Colorado are confirming that massive amounts of Methane and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are being released at levels between 2 and 5 times higher than Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

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