The country is in the midst of an unprecedented oil and gas drilling rush—brought on by a controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." Along with this fracking-enabled oil and gas rush have come troubling reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions. We call them "Fraccidents." See a sampling of some of the high profile incidents related to the country's oil and gas drilling rush. Each of the symbols on the map represents a fraccident.
Shale basin and plays geographic data were retrieved from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and are current as of May 9, 2011.
Information on fraccidents were compiled from the source(s) cited with each fraccident.
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