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Kentucky Fracking Fluid Spill Claims Threatened Fish Species

Sep 3, 2013

A 2007 toxic fluid spill that led to the killing of fish on a massive scale in one Kentucky creek can be blamed on the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process.

The rare Blackside Dace was among the indentified fish killed by the spill; it is a federally listed endangered species. According to a report from, the revelation that fracking fluids were to blame for the deaths of these fish in Kentucky’s Acorn Fork Creek is included in a study from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The study said that fracking fluids that had spilled into the creek were responsible for causing myriad health problems for fish and other wildlife species that depended on Acorn Fork Creek. Fish, including the rare Blackside Dace, had developed liver and spleen damage, as well as lesions on their gills, the federal authorities said in the study.

The Acorn Fork Creek spill was considerably large, stretching for about 3 miles; it included fracking fluids from at least four different wells. The spill’s volume was not reported by

Based on our reports regarding whether the contents of fracking fluids are dangerous, this study from federal regulators certainly reveals the presence of adverse effects toward wildlife and water quality. Our reports have shown that fracking fluid can contain numerous toxins, including radioactive materials and heavy metals. In fact, a recent report indicated there was a need to flag fracking waste that had been taken to Pennsylvania landfills; this was due to the presence of too much radioactive material in the fracking waste. noted that the Fish and Wildlife Service’s study was released shortly after an incident that involved a fracking well worker revealing to a local television news station that he had recently been ordered to dump fracking fluids directly into Kentucky’s Big Sandy River, too. That worker said local and state governments had never answered his pleas for action.

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