Guess what’s in that hot dog? Yep, a fracking chemical

If you plan on drinking a soda, using bug spray or eating a hot dog this Fourth of July, you are consuming or using chemicals also used in the hydraulic fracturing process.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

Chemicals used in the fracking process are used in a variety of different products for a various different reasons. Many of those products are used daily by many Americans.

For example, citric acid is used by companies to prevent precipitation of metal oxides, but for the every day consumer, citric acid is what gives sodas that tasty tang.

The slideshow above shows just a few items that use chemicals used in the fracking process.

Industry officials and environmentalist have sparred over the past few years over the health and environmental impacts o fracking fluids. The industry has routinely argued that their is no clear evidence that the fracking chemicals could pose health dangers.

Environmentalist and other opponents of the process have been wary, claiming livestock, children and other people have gotten sick nearby natural gas drilling sites.

Numerous studies have looked into the environmental and health impacts of fracking, but they’ve often times have conflicting conclusions.

If you want to see what chemicals are used, you can check them out at FracFocus.org.