Explosions, Fires, & Flaring
Besides the hazard of possible spills, leachate, poisonous emissions, and air, soil, and water contamination, fossil fuel infrastructure carries the potential for accidents of many kinds. These risks contribute great harm to the environment and communities around these sites - resulting in emergency evacuations, damage to homes, public gathering places, and habitats, injuries to workers and neighbors, and sometimes death. Flaring is a combustion process that burns off associated, unwanted, or excess gases and liquids released during normal or unplanned over-pressuring operations in many industrial processes, such as extraction, refinement, chemical plants and coal industry operations, and waste disposal at landfills. The photos in this album depict explosions, fires, and instances of flaring during the fracking process in various locations across the US.
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