Chemical Plant Boom Spurred by Fracking Will Bring Smog, Plastic Glut, and Risks to Worker’s Heath, New Report Warns

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/02/14/chemical-plant-boom-spurred-fracking-smog-plastic-glut-risks-worker-heath-report-warns

On the heels of the shale gas rush that’s swept the U.S. for the past decade, another wave of fossil fuel-based projects is coming — a plastic and petrochemical manufacturing rush that environmentalists warn could make smog worse in communities already breathing air pollution from fracking, sicken workers, and expand the plastic trash gyres in the world’s oceans. “Thanks to abundant supplies of natural gas, the U.S. chemical industry is investing in new facilities and expanded production capacity, which tends to attract downstream industries that rely on petrochemical products,” the American Chemistry Council’s President and CEO, Cal Dooley, said in a January press release. “As of this month, 281 chemical industry projects valued at $170 billion have been announced, about half of which are completed or under construction.” A new Food and Water Watch report, How Fracking Supports the Plastic Industry, calls attention to the dark side of those plans, warning of air and water pollution and the risk to people’s health, especially for those taking jobs in the plastics industry. Click here for reuse options! Tags: frackinghydraulic fracturingair pollutionFracking Plasticspetrochemicalsshale gas

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