New study shows that fracking kills trees

The New York Times “Green” Blog reports that a new study shows serious impact from fracking on a national forest in West Virginia. “Almost immediately after disposal, the researchers said, nearly all ground plants died. After a few days, tree leaves turned brown, wilted and dropped; 56 percent of about 150 trees eventually died.”

The researchers said that the disposal section was less than half an acre in size “to minimize the area of forest potentially affected by the fluid application.” About 75,000 gallons were applied over two days in June 2008.

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You can read more about fracking in the Environment America Research and Policy Center’s Report, available on our Learn – Energy section.