Fracking and Drinking Water Map: This Map Shows Where You Shouldn’t Drink...

Fracking and Drinking Water Map: This Map Shows Where You Shouldn’t Drink Tap Water in the USA

Fracking For Natural Gas is turning the beautiful america into a toxic hell!

fracking and drinking water map: a map showing where fracking pollutes the most rivers in the usa

On this map you can retrieve two types of information: the US rivers in blue and the main US fracking areas (natural gas reserves) superimposed in red. Natural gas reserves represent the most active US hydraulic fracturing areas. Not all of these areas are drilled, but some places within these areas. New York State is also shown in red because companies plan and are TRYING to get the okay for hydraulic fracturing. This map is from the documentary Gasland.

There is just one thing I would say about this terrifying map: Be careful if you live in a red area near a fracking site, your tap water may be contaminated and poisoned by the chemicals and other toxic substances used for fracking and described in the following report: Chemicals Used In Hydraulic Fracturing. You are not in danger everywhere in these red areas. The risk of contamination is related to your distance to a well.

Just to clarify, NOT ALL OF THESE RED AREAS ARE CONTAMINATED (again, they represent US natural gas reserves), but they have a higher risk of contamination due to a high concentration of fracking activity. I am concerned about the impact that fracking has on water. But as someone already wrote me in an e-mail: ‘it’s complete hyperbole to claim that all people who live in a red area on this map will jeopardize their health if they drink their tap water.

So if you are living near a fracking site be cautious,  look at your city’s water quality and TEST YOUR WATER!

This is the Gasland trailer.

The following video gives you an idea of other problems encountered during fracking operations.

If you accept fracking in other countries, then you will encounter the same problems. Stop fracking! Fight against fracking! Do not think about money! Think about our next generations and about your health!

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      • I thought this was the map of aquifers. I know for a fact that central IL hasn’t experienced high volume hydraulic fracturing yet, but we’re next on the list. They’re starting in southern IL. Josh fox premiered gasland 2 in Bloomington-Normal, and he stressed how it’s not too late for our area. So double check that info, and revise it with aquifer sites, or whatever the red really means. Regardless, it’s a good map of both potential and active fracking areas.

      • Yes, the map has two information: in red fracking areas and in blue the rivers and aquifers in the USA.

        I watched two days ago the movie gasland (the old one)and this gave me the idea to post the map and to tell people that fracking (although it brings a lot of money) destructs lives and is a threat for our health, environment and drinking water.

        In the movie, while discussing drinking water issues, they showed this map to tell where water pollution can become a large problem.

        The largest problem will face the city of New York since fracking site are planned around the Delaware River.

        All the best,

        MP

      • It’s wrong. There’s no fracking in the Capital Region of NY (in the red). They’re TRYING to get the okay, but it’s not current. I’d advise re-reviewing the map and verifying it.

      • Yes you are right, these are only planned wells as I also stated in my comment.

        This is only for New York State:

        Approximately two percent of shale gas well projects in New York will pollute local ground-water over the short term. Serious regulatory violations will occur at more than one of every ten new shale gas projects.

        More than one of every six shale gas wells will leak fluids to surrounding rocks and to the surface over the next century (this means this leaking water will probably sink into the ground and pollute water (so drinking water ressources too).

        Well read this great paper submitted in a comment and you will discover some very interesting things about the probable threats NY State could (or better said will) face in the next years.

        http://www.sustainableotsego.org/Risk%20Assessment%20Natural%20Gas%20Extraction-1.htm

      • This map has New York State all red & we do not yet have fracking here. Not that we’re not pretty worried that we can’t hold it off, but let’s not give up the ghost quite yet. A graphic like this needs to be more accurate – if you want to show NYS as in danger of going red, fine.

      • Yes you are right, these are only planned wells as I also stated in my comment.

        This is only for New York State:

        Approximately two percent of shale gas well projects in New York will pollute local ground-water over the short term. Serious regulatory violations will occur at more than one of every ten new shale gas projects.

        More than one of every six shale gas wells will leak fluids to surrounding rocks and to the surface over the next century (this means this leaking water will probably sink into the ground and pollute water (so drinking water ressources too).

        Well read this great paper submitted in a comment and you will discover some very interesting things about the probable threats NY State could (or better said will) face in the next years.

        http://www.sustainableotsego.org/Risk%20Assessment%20Natural%20Gas%20Extraction-1.htm

  1. What can we do if we live in a red area? One needs to drink water. Are there any types of filters that can help? I can’t afford to buy bottled water, and there isn’t any guarantee that water is good either. Not to mention the extra pollution that brings in.

    • Do not worry too fast… Just to clarify, not all of these red areas are contaminated, but have a really high risk of contamination because of a high concentration of fracking activity. I am concerned about the impact that fracking has on water. But as someone already wrote me in an e-mail, ‘it’s complete hyperbole to claim that all people who live in a red area on this map will jeopardize their health if they drink their tap water.

      Sure you should be concerned and look at your city’s water quality reports or test their water yourself.

    • If you can afford a Berkey water filter I would invest in one they are not that expensive and you don’t have to deal with the plastic. I bought one for around 200.00$ and that price included two fluoride filters also. It was the best investment I have ever made.

  2. While I agree with many of the issues caused by fracking this map is not very accurate when it comes to Texas. First Houston and most of the Southeast area of Texas drink ground water which is not effected by the process. Huge sink holes are more of a problem in that area. Second this map shows a huge area of the Edwards Aquifer as being unsafe which is crazy. The Edwards Aquifer is one of the most observed bodies of water in the world and is certainly not contaminated. It is being overused at times but not even close to contaminated.

    In closing I would say that I am all for closing loopholes, stopping dangerous practices, etc… but do it by exposing facts not blanket red maps of BS which the other side can use as ammo against the cause.

    • Well, just to clarify, not all of these red areas are contaminated, but have a really high risk of contamination. I am concerned about the impact that fracking has on water. But as someone already wrote me in an e-mail, ‘it’s complete hyperbole to claim that all people who live in a red area on this map will jeopardize their health if they drink their tap water.

      Sure you should be concerned and look at your city’s water quality reports or test their water yourself.

    • Well, just to clarify, not all of these red areas are contaminated, but have a really high risk of contamination. I am concerned about the impact that fracking has on water. But as someone already wrote me in an e-mail, ‘it’s complete hyperbole to claim that all people who live in a red area on this map will jeopardize their health if they drink their tap water.

      Sure you should be concerned and look at your city’s water quality reports or test their water yourself.

  3. While I agree that Fracking is a bad idea for the environment including the water supply, I don’t see any science behind this map. Also, when you say “tap water” , you are also saying water from municipal suppliers which aren’t really affected as that water is treated anyway.

    • If you had watched the movies you would have seen people lightning up their drink (tap) water as well. Treatments do not take gases away. Many other substances are not destructed by treatments (you drinkk for example a lot of hormones (mostly female due to the anti-pregnancy pill) in the tap water). But this is not the point of this map. Just be aware that there is a high contamination risk in these red areas!

      And this map is just a compilation of 2: the river maps of the USA and the fracking region, so not much science there (except for those who made the mapping).

      • Water treatment from a water plant does effect the dissolved gas in water. The tap water that was lit was very odd. Almost as if the line was filled with gas, and then it was turned on just a trickle to push the gas out and onto the match. I noticed it did not light a second time once the water was fully running.

  4. I live in northern Nevada. We don’t have to worry about fracking (YEAH) but we also don’t have much water!! Drought for two years running (UGH)!!

  5. This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. Nothing here but showing methane coming from the tap. Which has been proven to be false. Methane has seeped through wells since there have been wells. It doesn’t prove the existence of chemicals in the water. Stupid sheep believing stupid manufactured lies.

  6. That’s a horrible map, lets throw two unrelated things on a map, neither of which has much to do with fracking. In red are shale deposits, not fracking areas, most shale deposits could in theory be fracked, but areas with actual fracking operations would be much smaller. In blue are rivers and streams, kind of irrelevant since the danger of fracking is contaminating ground water, not rivers and streams. Showing a map where fracking and drinking water supplies overlay would be a good thing, but this map isn’t showing either side of that equation.

  7. I live in upstate NY on the border of Pennsylvania, where they have been fracking the Marcellus Shale for several years. New York has kept actual fracking out of the state so far, but waste and cutting disposal and staging sites are already here with storage and transportation of fracking sand and dangerous chemicals already taking place. We are fighting Inergy’s move to store tons of highly explosive liquid propane gas in the empty salt caverns on the shores of Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes, and home to many tourist properties and dozens of wineries. The home I bought was leased to a gas company without my knowledge — the attorney for my home sale botched the title research. I am still trying to address the problem. I will NOT drink the water in this area. I will also not buy water bottled in Pennsylvania, which is sold in the local Wegman’s. Most people do not realize how serious the water problem is. The situation could very quickly become dire. If I were anyone living in or near a fracking area, I would be very, very concerned for yourself and your families. The health problems are enormous, and doctors in PA are being paid off by the industry not to inform patients that they are potentially victims of fracking chemicals in their wells and ground water.

  8. P.S. Besides the GASLAND films, see SPLIT ESTATE and DRILL, BABY DRILL, made by other filmmakers. The case against fracking goes far beyond methane in the water. That is the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. There are devastating above-ground safety and economic issues for communities that become the collateral damage for this highly invasive industrial process, the scale of which most people have no concept, until it hits them and it’s too late. Earthquakes, chemical spills, millions of gallons of water turned to toxic waste in the fracking process itself that must be disposed of either by deep-well injection (into the ground), or left in open pits lined with heavy vinyl linings that can deteriorate. Regular water treatment facilities cannot handle fracking waste. Very expensive treatment plants have to be constructed to accommodate the waste, and this is not being done. The waste is sometimes illegally dumped in rural streams and roadside ditches on country roads at night, when no one is around to see. The rail accident in Lac-Megantic is an example of the increasing rushed and poorly regulated transport of explosive and toxic petroleum product in order to sell to foreign markets at a ridiculous mark-up. The fossil fuel execs get richer and richer, while our communities and our environment are destroyed. If you do not live in a frack zone, you can’t have any idea of the problems.

  9. Can you trust or believe the municipal reports ? The local government can’t even prove the source of the recent fish kills of the bottom feeders beaching themselves on the banks of the Arkansas River, almost adjacent the wells being fracked. The government can’t afford to admit it. It sure would displease the powers that be ! Yes Mr. Koch, send in the drones!~!!

  10. So this whole page is just some guy’s opinions based on a video he watched? Where’s the science behind it? Where is the support for the claims, beyond “at risk” which is just a flimsy hypothesis? There are many, many places noted (as in EVERY river and tributary in the US apparently) that is not at any risk at all (national parks, monuments, designated tribal and wilderness areas). There are places where groundwater and surface water is contaminated naturally because its high in iron, sulphur, zinc, nickel, silica and various other elements, yet show up as “contaminated” on EPA pages. If you’re going to make all these claims that the sky is falling and we’re all going to die from drinking tap water (you aren’t an employee for a bottled water company by the way?) you’ll need a bit more credible evidence to back up your claims, ESPECIALLY if you’re going to blow it out of proportion on social media sites.

    • people like you are why we are in this situation. get your head out of the sand. we are headed for global collaspe. do you have grandchildren? their lives will be greatly affected.

  11. I wonder if the U.S.Supreme Court has exempted these gas companies from prosecution yet. Just as they did recently for the pharmaceutical drug companies.

    • thanks to dick cheney these companies don’t have to reveal what chemicals they use and are exempt from epa water contamination regulations.

  12. hey fucking jackasses stop leasing and selling your land, and get the company’s off your land, then you don’t have to worry

    • they already have the mineral rights to whats under your land and you can’t stop them. get your head out of the sand. we can only stop this by standing together and using your pocket book. money is all that they think about and it is all that can change things.

  13. Those same people that featured in Gaslands with the “flammable water” Recently featured on a BBC documentary where scientists tested their water and found it contained a natural methane build up. Yes this does mean the water isn’t suitable for drinking but it also showed that in that particular instance it wasn’t a consequence of Fracking.
    I’m not for one moment saying fracking is safe. I’m very much against it but there is still a lot of misinformation surrounding the whole fracking practices i feel. The map used in this article is another example of this.
    There is a real lack of any scientific evidence at this point in time.

    • If fracking doesn’t cause pollution then why did dick chaney have these oil companies made exempt from epa water quality regulations.

  14. I posted this article on facebook. Of the map, my brother says “…this map is not where they are now fracking, it is where there is better than a 20% chance that they might in the next 40 years. Check your sources.” So, I am checking with you to confirm or deny. Thanks.

    • Your brother is right for New York State. As I wrote it in the post:”New York State is also shown in red because companies plan and are TRYING to get the okay for hydraulic fracturing.”

      To make it more understandable for everybody, I also added this: “On this map you can retrieve two types of information: the US rivers in blue and the main US fracking areas (natural gas reserves) superimposed in red. This map is from the documentary Gasland.”

      Explanation: Natural gas reserves: represent the most active drilling areas. Not all these areas are fracked, but some places within these areas.

      “There is just one thing I would say about this terrifying map: Be careful if you live in a red area near a fracking site, your tap water may be contaminated and poisoned by the chemicals and other toxic substances used for fracking and described in the following report: Chemicals Used In Hydraulic Fracturing.”

      Explanation: You are not in danger everywhere in these red areas. The risk of contamination is related to your distance to a well.

      “Just to clarify, NOT ALL OF THESE RED AREAS ARE CONTAMINATED (again, they represent US natural gas reserves), but they have a higher risk of contamination due to a high concentration of fracking activity. I am concerned about the impact that fracking has on water. But as someone already wrote me in an e-mail: ‘it’s complete hyperbole to claim that all people who live in a red area on this map will jeopardize their health if they drink their tap water.’ If you live in one of these areas, you should of course be concerned. Look at your city’s water quality. IF YOU LIVE NEAR A FRACKING SITE TEST YOUR WATER YOURSELF.”

      Explanation: So be cautious if you are living near a fracking site.

      I think if some chemicals spill into a river, since it flows, they will be found much further than we would think of!

      Here a Nature article linking drinking water pollution to fracking: http://www.nature.com/news/gas-drilling-taints-groundwater-1.13259 and here the same map with some further explanation about it: http://www.maydayresistance.org/2011/04/21/can-you-light-your-tap-water-on-fire-gasland-the-movie/

  15. So can we also superimpose a map showing where water has been PROVEN to be dangerous?

    I’m all for being careful, but I’m a scientist. I need evidence not conjecture and ideology.

    • go find the people that have lost their health and sued to pay medical bills. they had to stop talking about what happened to them in order to get paid.

  16. […] This research shows that the development of the tar sands may be responsible for spreading mercury — which can cause nervous-system damage — far beyond the areas where drilling and transportation are taking place. Moreover, it suggests that the tar-sand development has created a ring of mercury contamination, with areas close to the sands showing much higher levels of mercury than before development. Is it similar for fracking areas? […]

  17. take no ones word/ test w/ engineers that are qualified by lic.. ground water can already have stuff in it. superfund and other sites . dumping waste and garbage , etc..dry cleaning businesses , painting , etc. Oil . you can go to EPA or DEC for inform.Beware. test and verify. Test the pipes/ land/ wells/ traps. results do not lie. If you have dumps closed they take readings from the wells on them for water testing.

  18. What’s even crazier is that bottled water companies get their water from the same places and they aren’t bound to any laws on how they “clean” the water or any laws that require them to tell you the water sources.

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