It goes way beyond faucets on fire. The true impact of fracking on the water, land, climate, and human health is detailed in “Fracking By the Numbers,” a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center. At least 137,000 fracking wells have been drilled or permitted in more than 20 states since 2005. Here are some of the lowlights:
• An estimated 10 percent of chemicals used in fracking fluid are known to be toxic to humans or aquatic life.
• There have been at least 260 instances of private well contamination from fracking operations since 2005.
• Methane leaks from fracking caused at least as much climate pollution as 22 coal plants.