Crack down on fracking |

Crack down on fracking

Dear Editor:

My name is Carina Capobianco, and I am a junior at Basalt High School, and I am currently participating in Project Citizen. My group and I decided to research the hazards of the open pits of fracking fluid.

On hydraulic fracturing sites, there are open pits that are filled with water contaminated with the chemicals used in fracking. Not only do these pits leak, but there is not a fence preventing animals from coming in contact with this water. Since there is no cover, the contents of these pits are evaporating into the environment, creating acid rain.

Our group has come up with a policy called the HOPE Act, which stands for Hydro-fracking Open Pits Elimination Act. It will require that natural gas companies get approved containers to store the fracking fluid. If they do not get these containers, then they will be fined. Thank you for your time.

Carina Capobianco


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