The Susquehanna is scenic, wild, and now the most endangered.
According to the environmental group American Rivers, the Susquehanna is the most endangered river in America. The group says the river has been placed in that most precarious state because of fracking. The explosion of natural gas wells located near the Susquehanna puts it in peril, according to the group.
Fracturing is a process that shoots millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals into the ground, and while there is no scientific evidence to show that fracking contaminates waterways, the threat is ever present.
Fracking fluids have contaminated water wells, but, in those instances, there have been problems with the well head casings such as fractures.
The Sierra Club has implored the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to impose a moratorium on new drilling.
American Rivers will use its new designation to push for passage of the FRAC Act, a federal law that would subject gas drilling to the same rules that drinking water comes under.
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