Summary of Fracking Failures

Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S.


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Fracking Failures summary
Fracking is an environmental and public health disaster.


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Around the world, nations are waking up to the importance of protecting the environment. And yet, gas leaks, oil explosions and oil spills are still common, even daily, occurrences. Environmental activists Jeff Inglis and John Rumpler discuss the impact of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – on current and future generations. The report uses shale oil and gas companies operating in Pennsylvania as examples to demonstrate the dangers fracking poses, but it fails to provide viable alternatives or take into account the additional costs of adopting environment-friendly processes. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends these findings to policy makers, environmentalists, the general public and other stakeholders looking to make businesses responsible for their actions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is a threat to the environment and public health,
  • How shale oil and gas companies violate environmental regulations, and
  • What measures potentially can control fracking’s ill effects.


The US government and the people of Pennsylvania are paying a high price for the drilling activities of shale oil and gas companies that engage in hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as fracking. Their work requires them to drill wells, use water from local resources, and clear cropland and forests...
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About the Authors

Jeff Inglis is with the Frontier Group, which US American citizens about sustainable living. John Rumpler is a member of the Environment America Research & Policy Center.

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