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Environmental groups have analyzed the data and come up with a set of staggering numbers to illustrate the impact of fracking in Texas.
Ten billion pounds of chemicals — many of them carcinogenic — were injected underground as part of the drilling process.
Texas fracking has used 120 billion gallons of water since 2005, while producing 15 billion gallons of wastewater in 2014. And at least 2.5 billion pounds of methane, which contributes to global warming, were released in 2014.
Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, said there was already awareness of the damage caused by fracking. But he said recent access to downloadable data allowed his group, part of the Environment America Research & Policy Center, to present a fuller understanding.
He said this gives the public “an overall picture” of what fracking is doing and points to the need for more action
“To protect the public and our environment, states should take action to ban fracking, or, failing that, to ensure that oil and gas companies are held to the highest level of environmental performance, transparency and accountability,” the study’s executive summary argues.