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Toxic Fracking Fluids Killed Rare Fish in Kentucky
Center for Biological Diversity
A federally protected fish called the blackside dace was among numerous fish killed in Kentucky’s Acorn Fork creek by a spill of hydraulic fracking fluid that caused the fish to develop liver and spleen damage and gill lesions, according to a federal study released this week. The report documenting the 2007 incident, which comes a month after reports that a natural gas company repeatedly dumped polluted fracking water directly into the Big Sandy River, highlights the threat to wildlife and water quality posed by even small amounts of the toxic chemicals used to extract natural gas from fracking wells.

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