Is Your Tap Water Flammable?
We’ve written a lot recently about the increasing levels of chemical pollution threatening our drinking water supply. A few months ago, we posted an article from the Alliance for Natural Health which explained that a major source of this chemical pollution is hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, a method of natural gas extraction.
Fracking is highly controversial technique used quite commonly by the natural gas industry in which water mixed with sand and chemicals are shot down into a well under immense pressure. The problem is, the federal government has few limitations on what chemicals can be used, and keeps little track of what happens to the chemicals after the natural gas is extracted. The lists of chemicals used by the natural gas industry include hydrochloric acid, solvents, surfactants, petroleum-based lubricants, corrosion inhibitors, microbe killers and several known carcinogens.
Well now, a first-of-its-kind study has shown a clear link between fracking and high levels of methane (a flammable gas) contamination in tap water. In fact, researchers found that the contamination is so severe in some cases that the water coming out of faucets can be ignited when exposed to a flame.
The peer-reviewed study was conducted at Duke University and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last week.
If you’re still not clear on what exactly fracking is and how it contributes to drinking water contamination, this entertaining animated video, created by a journalism student, does a good job of explaining what the problem is.
If you’re concerned as to whether or not fracking is occurring near where you live, this website has a map that shows the primary areas in the U.S. where fracking occurs.
Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.