Yes, fracking has done wonders for the American economy and its reliance on coal— but at what cost? The environment of numerous communities have been desecrated. Fracking has brought about increasing truck traffic, crime, as well as numerous health impacts (due to air and water pollution). For example, babies born within 3 kilometers of a fracking site are more likely to suffer from poor health, and as a result, premature death. The largest impact is seen in regards to babies born within 1 kilometer. It is here that these children are predisposed to having a lower birth rate than their counterparts (i.e., weighing less than a total of 5.5 pounds). Moreover, mothers living closer to wells would suddenly become poorer, use more alcohol, or eat less healthy.