Hydro-Fracking and Well Water. \u00a0You may think you are safe if you have well water, but if you live in an area where fracking is being done, you are in danger of having your water tainted.\r\n\r\nHydo-fracking is the method of extract gas from the rock.\u00a0 The combination of chemicals (slickwater) used in the extraction of the gas, pollutes the ground, kill plant life and our drinking.\r\n\r\nThe process uses up to 8,000,000 gallons of water for each drilling process. These chemicals used are diesel fuel, benzene biocides, and hydrochloric acid. These are only the chemicals we know about. Companies using these methods do not have disclosure laws to tell the public, all the chemicals used in fracking.\r\n\r\nOnce you wells are contaminated, you can not drink or use the water safely.\u00a0 If you feel your water has been affected, consider sending a sample of your water to be tested. \u00a0 If a big gas corporation has been given permits to extract gas in your town, you are in for an uphill battle trying to get them to stop.\u00a0 Only a major movement by communities can push corporations either make fracking safer or to move to areas with no population.\r\n\r\nHere are some of the ways well water gets polluted:\r\n\r\n \tnitrogenous fertilizers\r\n \tHydro-fracking\r\n \tmanure from farms\r\n \tWasted from abandoned mines\r\n \tBroken or leaking Septic systems\r\n \tIllegal dumping of chemicals in our waterways\r\n \tLeaking from below ground oil and gas tankers\r\n \tOil spills and leakages, near well site\r\n\r\nAccording to the Groundwater Foundation, your well water should be tested at least once every year.\u00a0 Shallow wells\u00a0should be tested more frequently.\u00a0 Seasonal testing is suggested for shallow wells.\r\n\r\nRegular testing of well-water is necessary to\r\n\r\n \tTrack changes over time\r\n \tLocate any existing problems\r\n \tAssure water is safe for drinking and bathing, for humans and pets\r\n \tDetermine if you treatment system is effective effective\r\n\r\nContact your local or state Health and Human Services Department. They will be able to refer you to a certified laboratory in your area.