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How the New American “Oil Boom” Might Destroy the Environment and Decimate the Health of Millions

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  • Some forecasters claim the US will outstrip Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2017, effectively rendering the US self-sufficient in terms of energy production. Others analysts warn shale drilling is the next Big Bubble that could rival the bank industry bailouts
  • Recently unsealed court records show fracking activities in Pennsylvania leaked acetone into fresh water supplies. Plaintiff’s water supply was also found to be contaminated with unsafe levels of acrylonitrile, a highly flammable and toxic chemical compound classified as a probable carcinogen
  • Fracking proponents claim it is a safe and effective drilling method that reduces the surface footprint of the drilling operation. However, people across the US have reported serious adverse health events resulting from contamination of air and/or drinking water
  • Reported adverse effects of exposure to fracking chemicals include respiratory ailments, shortness of breath, chemical sensitivities, skin rashes, swelling, skin lesions, severe headaches, nausea and vomiting

By Dr. Mercola

Recent headlines in the American press would have you believe we’re in for a robust economic boom, courtesy of the new shale gas revolution. Some forecasters claim the US will outstrip Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2017, effectively rendering the US self-sufficient in terms of energy production.


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