Natural Gas Liquids: Fracking’s Hazardous Plastics and Pollution Scheme

Lead Organization: Food and Water Watch

Author: Food and Water Watch


The deluge of fracked natural gas has unleashed a dangerous buildout of wells, storage facilities and pipelines, worsening climate change and spreading a toxic web of pollution throughout the United States. As companies have looked for ways to absorb the excess natural gas, hedge against an electrified future and ensure fossil fuel dependence, they have turned to reliable moneymakers: a fracking byproduct known as natural gas liquids (NGLs), and the petrochemical facilities that rely on it. But a petrochemicals buildout fueled by NGLs means more plastic and more pollution — and a step backward for climate at a time when we should be taking the most aggressive action