USA Today: Sierra Club: Natural gas isn't a 'kinder, gentler' energy

The natural gas industry that we know today is dirty, dangerous and putting American families at risk. While so many are focused on the quick profits to be made off this resource, natural gas drillers remain exempt from aspects of landmark health and environmental protections such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Let's start with hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," the violent process the natural gas industry uses to break up shale formations and release gas. Fracking involves drilling thousands of feet into the ground and injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and an unknown, toxic chemical cocktail into the shale and through drinking water aquifers.  MORE

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