FractChecks

People say a lot of things about fracking. Some are true, and some are just flat out crazy. Find out who is talking about “fracts,” and who is not.

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You’re reducing carbon emissions by using natural gas… We can’t go 100% renewables in Virginia. It’s laughable to even discuss it. 

Fmr. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)

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“The leakage during compression, the leakage during transportation, is now at or above the fraction that outweighs the CO2 advantage.”

Al Gore

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“Recent study finds all 50 states benefit from domestic fracking production.”

Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

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“The EPA approved fracking chemicals that carry risks including tumors and poisoning of the lungs.”

Marketplace

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"It would be difficult to live without the benefits of oil and natural gas, but it can be done. This planet existed and survived for well over 4 billion years without using fossil fuels, the last 200,000 years or so which has included homo sapien existence.”

FracDallas.org

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"New techniques and technologies used in fracking are more intensive and riskier than conventional drilling, making the process more dangerous than ever."

Americans Against Fracking

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"The shale energy revolution will unleash massive wealth for American workers and families."

Donald Trump

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"NOT COOL. Destroying Precious Land for Gas?!"

Olivia Wilde

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"Fracking threatens our health, environment, and economy in NY."

Hugh Jackman

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“[fracking] isn’t inherently a bad idea, it just can’t be unregulated."

Bill Nye

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“[W]e do know fracking is unsafe, widespread and systemically, in Texas.” Source. 

Earthworks

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EPA plans to allow unlimited dumping of fracking wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico

Center for Biological Diversity

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Where this risky gas drilling practice is already happening around the country — including right next door in Pennsylvania — we’ve seen grave consequences unfold: from drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals and radioactive waste, to residents reportedly getting sick, livestock dropping dead, homes exploding, and property values tanking

mark ruffalo

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Fracking relies on toxic chemicals that cause cancer. (Source)

Amy Smart

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Fracking poisons our water.

Constance Zimmer

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Fracking is a dirty form of oil drilling that pollutes our air and our oceans. It’s time to move to clean, renewable energy. (Source)

Hayden Panettiere

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Fracking is a bad deal for local communities. It’s been linked to drinking water contamination all across the country. (Source)

Robert Redford

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Fracking and all of its inherent risks will accomplish little, if anything, to lower the cost of energy here at home. (Source)

Alec Baldwin

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I'm happy to be a part of the conversation if more young people are talking about fracking instead of twerking we're heading in the right direction. The people that govern us don't want an active population who are politically engaged, they want passive consumers distracted by the spectacle of which I accept I am a part. (Source)

Russell Brand

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The problem is that everywhere the gas drilling industry goes, a trail of water contamination, air pollution, health concerns and betrayal of basic American civic and community values follows. (Source)

Josh Fox

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Fracking is our biggest enemy right now in the U.S. Actually, not just in the U.S., because all our water systems are interconnected. Whether you're reading this in New York State or in Japan, fracking is screwing you over. (Source)

Ian Somerhalder

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Here’s what I know about fracking: The greedy oil and gas companies of this country have decided that they can squeeze every last little ounce of oil and gas out of previously pumped wells by injecting the substrata of our planet with highly toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, which then seep into the aquifer and hence into the water supply of Americans. (Source)

David Letterman

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Fracking makes climate change worse. (Source)

Lance Bass

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When I moved to a rural farming community in upstate New York, it happened to be in the middle of the shale gas boom, and I started to hear anecdotal stories from people living there. Life gets really real when you’re talking with people who are struggling for existence... The poor people in the world are suffering the most from this system [of market-driven energy use]. It’s violent to go into a community and poison them, even if that violence is in slow motion. (Source)

Mark Ruffalo

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I’m against it. It’s bad for the land, bad for the farmers, bad for the soil. It’s just all-around a bad idea. (Source)

Willie Nelson

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I love my New York water – stop fracking with it. (Source)

Zoe Saldana

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The growing body of evidence tells us that fracking is a danger to our water supply, our most precious resource. It is a danger to the air we breathe. It has resulted in more earthquakes. It is highly explosive. And it is contributing to climate change. (Source)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

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Fracking will lead to American energy independence. With the price of natural gas continuing to drop, we can be at a tremendous advantage. (Source)

President Donald Trump

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Fracking pumps dangerous cancer-causing chemicals into the ground and threatens our drinking water. (Source)

Susan Sarandon

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People recognize that they need an energy supply they can rely on and obviously shale gas extraction can play an important part in that. (Source)

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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There’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone. (Source)

Ken Salazar, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

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Fracking speeds up human-caused climate change. (Source)

Joe Romm, Climate Progress

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Fracking for shale gas is in truth dirty energy. It inevitably leaks toxic chemicals into the air and water. (Source)

Sean Lennon

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Wastewater from fracking has also been linked to livestock and family pet deaths across the country. (Source)

Greenpeace

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Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel available for power generation today. (Source)

Hillary Clinton

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Hydraulic fracturing is one of the keys that has unlocked our nation’s energy resurgence in oil and natural gas, making the United States the largest energy producer in the world, creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, and lowering energy prices for consumers. (Source)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

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It will create hundreds of thousands of high-wage jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in our own country. (Source)

Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida

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Exposure to fracking doubles risk of debilitating health effects. (Source)

Sierra Club

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We should not have to debate whether fracking is dangerous. (Source)

The Progressive Army

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The frack return fluids are full of really nasty materials in addition to the additives, and the precise nature of this toxic brew is seldom known. (Source)

Robert Howarth, Food & Water Watch Board Member

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There are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated. (Source)

Hillary Clinton

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Fracking threatens public health and drinking water. (Source)

League of Conservation Voters

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Unleashing our full energy potential in this country will lead to robust job growth and expansion in every sector of our economy. (Source)

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

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[when asked if a climate change pact can be meaningful without addressing fracking] The premise of that assertion is that climate change is primarily about fracking. And that’s the most absurd idea I’ve ever heard. (Source)

Jerry Brown, Governor of California

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We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. (Source)

President Barack Obama

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In Texas, which is suffering dangerous drought conditions, fracking continues even as water use by citizens is restricted, the landscape wilts and the animal life dies. (Source)

Greenpeace

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We are not merely self-sufficient…We are by far the world’s largest producer of natural gas and increasingly an important exporter. (Source)

Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

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The notion that we’re going to keep it all in the ground is unrealistic. (Source)

John Holdren, Former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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[Fracking] presents unacceptable risks to our water supply. (Source)

Food & Water Watch

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Fracking brings rampant environmental and economic problems to communities across the country. (Source)

Americans Against Fracking

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You’re reducing carbon emissions by using natural gas… We can’t go 100% renewables in Virginia. It’s laughable to even discuss it. 

Fmr. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)

"

“The leakage during compression, the leakage during transportation, is now at or above the fraction that outweighs the CO2 advantage.”

Al Gore

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"The shale energy revolution will unleash massive wealth for American workers and families."

Donald Trump

"

The growing body of evidence tells us that fracking is a danger to our water supply, our most precious resource. It is a danger to the air we breathe. It has resulted in more earthquakes. It is highly explosive. And it is contributing to climate change. (Source)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

"

Fracking will lead to American energy independence. With the price of natural gas continuing to drop, we can be at a tremendous advantage. (Source)

President Donald Trump

"

People recognize that they need an energy supply they can rely on and obviously shale gas extraction can play an important part in that. (Source)

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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There’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone. (Source)

Ken Salazar, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

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Fracking speeds up human-caused climate change. (Source)

Joe Romm, Climate Progress

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Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel available for power generation today. (Source)

Hillary Clinton

"

Hydraulic fracturing is one of the keys that has unlocked our nation’s energy resurgence in oil and natural gas, making the United States the largest energy producer in the world, creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, and lowering energy prices for consumers. (Source)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

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It will create hundreds of thousands of high-wage jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in our own country. (Source)

Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida

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The frack return fluids are full of really nasty materials in addition to the additives, and the precise nature of this toxic brew is seldom known. (Source)

Robert Howarth, Food & Water Watch Board Member

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There are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated. (Source)

Hillary Clinton

"

Unleashing our full energy potential in this country will lead to robust job growth and expansion in every sector of our economy. (Source)

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

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[when asked if a climate change pact can be meaningful without addressing fracking] The premise of that assertion is that climate change is primarily about fracking. And that’s the most absurd idea I’ve ever heard. (Source)

Jerry Brown, Governor of California

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We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. (Source)

President Barack Obama

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We are not merely self-sufficient…We are by far the world’s largest producer of natural gas and increasingly an important exporter. (Source)

Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

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The notion that we’re going to keep it all in the ground is unrealistic. (Source)

John Holdren, Former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Fracking is a safe practice that fuels US jobs and economic growth. (Source)

Sen. Ted Cruz

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The potential risks are too great. In fact, they are not even fully known. (Source)

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

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The toxic chemicals used in fracking are known to cause lung cancer and birth defects. (Source)

Bernie Sanders

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Fracking doesn’t just poison water supplies but poisons human communities. (Source)

Robert Kennedy Jr.

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"NOT COOL. Destroying Precious Land for Gas?!"

Olivia Wilde

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"Fracking threatens our health, environment, and economy in NY."

Hugh Jackman

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“[fracking] isn’t inherently a bad idea, it just can’t be unregulated."

Bill Nye

"

Where this risky gas drilling practice is already happening around the country — including right next door in Pennsylvania — we’ve seen grave consequences unfold: from drinking water contaminated with toxic chemicals and radioactive waste, to residents reportedly getting sick, livestock dropping dead, homes exploding, and property values tanking

mark ruffalo

"

Fracking relies on toxic chemicals that cause cancer. (Source)

Amy Smart

"

Fracking poisons our water.

Constance Zimmer

"

Fracking is a dirty form of oil drilling that pollutes our air and our oceans. It’s time to move to clean, renewable energy. (Source)

Hayden Panettiere

"

Fracking is a bad deal for local communities. It’s been linked to drinking water contamination all across the country. (Source)

Robert Redford

"

Fracking and all of its inherent risks will accomplish little, if anything, to lower the cost of energy here at home. (Source)

Alec Baldwin

"

I'm happy to be a part of the conversation if more young people are talking about fracking instead of twerking we're heading in the right direction. The people that govern us don't want an active population who are politically engaged, they want passive consumers distracted by the spectacle of which I accept I am a part. (Source)

Russell Brand

"

The problem is that everywhere the gas drilling industry goes, a trail of water contamination, air pollution, health concerns and betrayal of basic American civic and community values follows. (Source)

Josh Fox

"

Fracking is our biggest enemy right now in the U.S. Actually, not just in the U.S., because all our water systems are interconnected. Whether you're reading this in New York State or in Japan, fracking is screwing you over. (Source)

Ian Somerhalder

"

Here’s what I know about fracking: The greedy oil and gas companies of this country have decided that they can squeeze every last little ounce of oil and gas out of previously pumped wells by injecting the substrata of our planet with highly toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, which then seep into the aquifer and hence into the water supply of Americans. (Source)

David Letterman

"

Fracking makes climate change worse. (Source)

Lance Bass

"

When I moved to a rural farming community in upstate New York, it happened to be in the middle of the shale gas boom, and I started to hear anecdotal stories from people living there. Life gets really real when you’re talking with people who are struggling for existence... The poor people in the world are suffering the most from this system [of market-driven energy use]. It’s violent to go into a community and poison them, even if that violence is in slow motion. (Source)

Mark Ruffalo

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I’m against it. It’s bad for the land, bad for the farmers, bad for the soil. It’s just all-around a bad idea. (Source)

Willie Nelson

"

I love my New York water – stop fracking with it. (Source)

Zoe Saldana

"

Fracking pumps dangerous cancer-causing chemicals into the ground and threatens our drinking water. (Source)

Susan Sarandon

"

Fracking for shale gas is in truth dirty energy. It inevitably leaks toxic chemicals into the air and water. (Source)

Sean Lennon

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Unless we move quickly away from fossil fuels, we're going to destroy the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health of our children, grandchildren, and future generations. (Source)

Robert Redford

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The stakes are just so incredibly high. (Source)

Matt Damon

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It will immediately make the pure water we have now in this state become dirty and poisonous. (Source)

Yoko Ono

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Many adults and many children will get cancer. (Source)

Yoko Ono

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“Recent study finds all 50 states benefit from domestic fracking production.”

Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

"

“The EPA approved fracking chemicals that carry risks including tumors and poisoning of the lungs.”

Marketplace

"

"It would be difficult to live without the benefits of oil and natural gas, but it can be done. This planet existed and survived for well over 4 billion years without using fossil fuels, the last 200,000 years or so which has included homo sapien existence.”

FracDallas.org

"

"New techniques and technologies used in fracking are more intensive and riskier than conventional drilling, making the process more dangerous than ever."

Americans Against Fracking

"

EPA plans to allow unlimited dumping of fracking wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico

Center for Biological Diversity

"

Wastewater from fracking has also been linked to livestock and family pet deaths across the country. (Source)

Greenpeace

"

Exposure to fracking doubles risk of debilitating health effects. (Source)

Sierra Club

"

We should not have to debate whether fracking is dangerous. (Source)

The Progressive Army

"

Fracking threatens public health and drinking water. (Source)

League of Conservation Voters

"

In Texas, which is suffering dangerous drought conditions, fracking continues even as water use by citizens is restricted, the landscape wilts and the animal life dies. (Source)

Greenpeace

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[Fracking] presents unacceptable risks to our water supply. (Source)

Food & Water Watch

"

Fracking brings rampant environmental and economic problems to communities across the country. (Source)

Americans Against Fracking

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Seemingly determined to get every last drop of oil and pocket of gas, the industry has worked itself into a 31-state frenzy, drilling next to homes, schools, even in the middle of cemeteries. They’re polluting air and water, making people sick, hurting communities and delaying our transition to clean, safe, renewable energy. (Source)

Earthjustice

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4x the asthma rate in communities with fracking. (Source)

NextGen Climate

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We know that more must be done to reduce the impacts that increased fracking operations are having on our air, water, health and climate. (Source)

League of Conservation Voters

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Most of these chemicals are not biodegradable. Once they are introduced to the aquifer, they will remain there forever. (Source)

Artists Against Fracking

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EPA plans to allow unlimited dumping of fracking wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico

Center for Biological Diversity

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