"We can't live without water, but we can live without gas!"
To an eruption of cheers and applause, Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, rallied the crowd at Water Fight!, a seminar on hydraulic fracking, food, art and the economy hosted by Baum Forum at the New School.
Fracking is used to remove natural gas reserves thousands of feet below the surface. A drill is sent deep into the ground, and a high-pressure explosive charge of water and chemicals is used to release methane gas. Each frack job uses one to seven million gallons of water, which is mixed with hundreds of unknown chemicals. And across the country, communities are reporting that their water has been irreparably damaged from fracking activity.