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Fracking Hell: The Untold Story

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The True Cost Of America's Gas Rush

This short documentary offers a clear and concise summary on the risks of natural gas development, that is hydro-fracking, in the Marcellus shale. This is a territory that dominates Pennsylvania and stretches into New York, Ohio and West Virginia.

The industry intends to drill between 3,000 - 5,000 wells per year for the next 30 years in Pennsylvania.

As we know, the fracking process results in unprecedented levels of toxic chemicals and methane gas seeping into drinking water.

Consider the volume: There are about 8 wells at a given drill site. 5,000 gallons in each well is just the toxic chemical mix - so that's 40,000 gallons per site. Again, this is not accounting for the obscene amounts of water used -- this is just volume of the liquid chemicals involved per site.

Now experts fear that unacceptable levels of radioactive Radium 226 in gas development waste as well. That's right-- the waste water is radioactive.

Fracking chemicals are linked to bone, liver and breast cancers, gastrointestinal, circulatory, respiratory, developmental as well as brain and nervous system disorders.

Obviously they destroy the land, the water, fish and animals. This film interviews people who have been affected by this destruction.

How did a European team come to make this? Because U.S. companies are now trying to sell Europeans on fracking!

-- Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit,