Gas drilling and fracking can contaminate water, cause air pollution and are linked to serious public health risks.

Toxic chemicals used in fracking can endanger public health. Leaks from faulty wells and equipment can pollute soils, air and water. Residents near fracking sites report symptoms of respiratory problems, nausea, rashes and headaches. A number of studies point to gas extraction affecting the weight and health of babies born close to fracking sites, and cancer causing chemicals have been found in waste fluids.

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