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The Food, Water and Health Crisis Surrounding Natural Gas Extraction

Biologist Sandra Steingraber talks about the threats that fracking poses to our food, water, jobs, and even our health.

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So I didn’t really intend to become the Rachel Carson of the Marcellus Shale, but while I was writing Raising Elijah, describing the various environmental health threats to our children, what arrived at my doorstep here in upstate New York were some of the largest energy extraction companies in the world—Halliburton and Exxon and Chesapeake Energy and so forth. And so, I felt compelled to take up this issue in Raising Elijah as I was writing the book.

AMY GOODMAN: Sandra Steingraber, I want to thank you for being with us. Sandra is a biologist who testified yesterday on fracking in Albany, New York, at a state hearing. She has also testified before the European parliament. She is the author of several books that link the U.S. reliance on fossil fuels with environmental hazards and the climate crisis. Her book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.

Amy Goodman is the host of the nationally syndicated radio news program, Democracy Now! .

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