A new study says that the mining technique known as fracking, (aka frack sand mining or hydraulic fracturing) isn’t only a threat to drinkable groundwater supplies, but also might just make the air we breathe toxic.
In September, an air monitoring study in New York, Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming found high levels of toxic pollutants such as the banned carcinogens benzene and formaldehyde in communities near drilling sites. About 40 percent of the samples were above pollution concentrations considered unsafe by the federal government.
The study leader author, David Carpenter, is the director of the Institute of Health and the Environment at New York State University at Albany.
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