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Dirty drilling ruins environment

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Two-thirds of New Mexico is still in moderate to extreme drought, despite the recent rains and floods. At the same time, a new report calculates the toll of this dirty drilling on our environment, including 1.3 billion gallons of freshwater used since 2005. The Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center report “Fracking by the Numbers” is the first of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking in New Mexico to date.
“The numbers don’t lie — fracking has taken a dirty and destructive toll on our environment. If fracking continues unchecked, these numbers will only get more dire,” said Sanders Moore, director of Environment New Mexico. “Our water supplies are too precious to waste on fracking.”
After seeing firsthand the effects of fracking on his livelihood, Gilbert Armenta, a rancher near Farmington, said, “there is no glory in these [gas] wells.” He emphasized the need to keep our water available for farming, ranching and drinking — rather than fracking.
The “Fracking by the Numbers” report measured other key indicators of fracking threats in New Mexico, including:
• Three billion gallons of toxic wastewater generated in 2012,
• 9,810 tons of air pollution produced in one year,


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