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It’s been a bad week for fracking (though we’d be hard pressed to find a good one). New studies and reports are confirming our worse suspicions about the health and environmental impacts, including:
Over half of California’s fracking wastewater is stored in pits that allowed the water to seep out and contaminate groundwater, according to a new independent study. What’s more, frackers face few restrictions of the chemicals used - the study found 316 chemical additives, including some that possess real risks to humans and wildlife.
Fracking disproportionately affects low income and Latino children, according to a court case. Children going to schools close to active oil wells have higher risks of respiratory disease and psychological stress. At one school in Kern County (where the student body is 80 percent Latino) children often skip recess because of poor air quality.
California is getting closer to rejecting the ill-conceived oil-by-rail proposal from Phillips 66. Santa Barbara became the latest city to come out against the proposal, which would bring 2.5 million gallons of toxic crude oil through densely populated parts of the state every day. Santa Barbara joins more than 40 other municipalities to speak against the proposal.