According to this video released by NowThis, there have been 4,000 brine spills due to fracking since 2007.

Brine is the waste byproduct of the fracking process as it is drawn out of the land. The brine is also contaminated by other elements which leech into the surrounding areas, causing damage to soil and wildlife.

Though efforts can be made to drain away the spills, the contaminants will remain in the environment for years to come.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com