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It took the BP oil disaster for Americans to fully realize the detrimental effects of our insatiable energy needs. Does this mean it will require a similar catastrophe to see the detriments of natural gas? A study discussed in The Guardian Weekly found that 85 percent of drinking wells within one kilometer of a natural gas well were contaminated. To read more click here .
Fracking, the process of extracting natural gas from deep underground, has occurred with little government regulation, and drilling permits are approved without much commitment to safety. In Pennsylvania many natural gas sites have begun within two miles of childcare centers and schools. Accidents during extraction are also prevalent. In April a Pennsylvania fracturing site lost control and emitted chemicals for 19 hours. In order to warn warn nearby homeowners about catastrophes, residents have been given gas detectors.
The government currently invests in this energy with minimal oversight and regulation.