Fracking wastewater causes cancer
Fracking wastewater causes cancer, according to new research from Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. It is the first study of its kind to confirm the many suspicions that fracking wastewater could be carcinogenic.
What is fracking?
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is technology that is used to help enhance the flow of energy from wells after drilling. Water, sand, and additives are sent through deep rock formations at high pressure. After the rock is fractured, water returns to the surface as wastewater. This water needs to be treated, recycled, or disposed of.
The fracking wastewater was injected into mice, with 5 out of the 6 developing tumors after just 3 months from time of injection.
The study concluded:
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