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Stop Fracking Oklahoma
Frack Target: Woodford Shale
Water Resources at Risk: Canadian River, Cimarron River, Eufaula Lake and others
Oklahoma ranks third on the list (behind Texas and Colorado) of states in which the most gallons of fracking fluids containing a carcinogen were used, and ranks second in states with the highest volume of fracking fluids containing 2-BE (2-Butoxyethanal), which is linked to red blood cell damage and harm to the liver, spleen and bone marrow. Debate currently surrounds Oklahoma’s recent uptick in tremors: from two to six normally recorded per year during 1972-2008, to 1,047 reported in 2010, of which 103 were powerful enough to be felt. Unusual seismic activity leads some to wonder if fracking practices, which inject millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals underground, might break up rock which would worsen existing faults or even trigger tremors.
Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in Oklahoma. Click on any fraccident to learn more.