Fracking Across the United States
The United States 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 rush have come troubling reports of fracking accidents: poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions.
The symbols represent some of the fracking accidents related to the oil and gas drilling rush, overlayed on areas of potential fracking and active/proposed fracking.
Shale basin and plays geographic data were retrieved from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and were current as of May 9, 2011. Information on fracking accidents was compiled from the source(s) cited with each fracking accident. (View Larger Map)