Is Fracking Cause Environmental Injustice?

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While Fracking has been going on for many years, many health researchers and environmentalists are trying to warn us of the harm that it has on our environment as well as the location as of where fracking typically proceeds. Jill Johnston and her crew had a strong feeling that these fracking sites were set up in poor communities of racially divided individuals. So, they began their research, analyzing the statistics seeking to figure out as why this might be true. As we begin, The American Journal of Public Health published the results of this effort and it turns out that Johnston and her colleagues were right. The study determined that fracking wastewater disposal wells in South Texas were granted in areas with a large portion people living in poverty and of color. This type of method is what many researchers call “environmental injustice”, but what exactly does that mean? Environmental justice, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies” (EPA). “Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG) wastewater contains chemical …show more content…

The quality of life for these divided humans is hazardous. They can’t drink their own tap water because of harmful chemicals that are wondering around inside of it. Nor do they have a say as to petitioning these fracking companies from leaving their property. Even if these poverty-struck, colored people took this to the government. The government doesn’t and won’t get involved for certain unknown reasons so we rely on people like Jill Johnston and her crew to paint the picture for us who reveal the unimaginable information that they have collected in their

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