Back door deal compromised clean water

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Loopholes are supposed to be for defense, not offense.

If fracking is as safe as the oil and gas industry would like us to believe, then why in 2005 did Congress — at the behest of then Vice President Dick Cheney, a former CEO of gas driller Halliburton — exempt fracking from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act? If fracking doesn’t affect drinking water, why would an exemption be needed? Don’t believe me? Just google “Halliburton loophole.”

When Colorado Oil & Gas Association and Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission officials say we shouldn’t complain about the dangers of fracking if we use natural gas, it’s like saying, we shouldn’t worry about keeping our water supply safe if we drink water. Huh?

So, what can you do about it? Join and take back your rights to clean water and clean air.

  2 comments for “Back door deal compromised clean water

  1. Gregory Iwan
    March 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Then there is the (apparently current unenforced) “Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,” 42 U.S.C. §6901 et seq. (1976). This measure governs injecting ANYTHING into the ground. Makes one wonder where those regulators went. Maybe the budget axe got ’em. I’d guess that was the idea.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hey, how about “Superfund?” This thing, also known as CERCLA (originally passed in 1976, I think) makes anyone it title to real property that is the SOURCE of any “plume” or underground contamination LIABLE for perhaps ALL of its cleanup or mitigation. When in doubt, EPA takes no prisoners. After all, as enviromental attorneys say, if there is even twelve ounces of “methyl-ethyl- megadeath” traceable to YOUR backyard, you OWE. Might make lessors think twice when approached by the oil companies.

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