Report Details Environmental Damage From Fracking

Oct 8, 2013

A study of government records quantifies the environmental damage caused by fracking.

The study by the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center shows drilling operations in the state are producing 30 million gallons of wastewater a year – enough to flood the Statehouse under 90 feet of toxic waste. But that's not the only toll, according to group spokesperson Christian Adams.

Adams wants to see a loophole in the federal hazardous waste law exempting toxic fracking waste closed. He also wants to see the state enact a moratorium until safer ways to drill can be found. The oil and gas industry says a moratorium would put Ohioans out of work and harm the state's economy. Since 2004 the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has maintained its sole right to regulate drilling operations.