Tell Halliburton to Reveal Its Fracking Chemicals to the Public
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Tell Halliburton to Reveal Its Fracking Chemicals to the Public

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Update: Last week, 8 of 9 natural gas drilling companies provided EPA with data on their fracking fluids. Halliburton was the only company that refused, and EPA was forced to issue a subpoena. Instead, Halliburton announced this week a public website that will vaguely disclose some chemicals—but very likely not all—and would do so only for "typical" wells, not specific wells that are actually near people's homes.

It's all a nice start, but it’s not good enough. The letter to Halliburton is now edited to reflect these recent updates, but pushing them to do better. EPA should not have to subpoena their data and people have the right to know exactly which toxic chemicals are near their homes. Read more about the latest news here.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, a dangerous natural gas drilling technique, is tied to thousands of cases of drinking water contamination around the nation. "Fracking," as it's otherwise called, involves gas companies injecting hundreds of chemicals into the ground at high-pressure as they attempt to force natural gas from hard rock. 

Wells are exploding and tap water is lighting on fire. Watch Gasland if you don't believe it. 

Yet, thanks to their friend Dick Cheney, gas companies are exempted from any regulation—including requirements to publicly disclose the chemicals they are using—under the Safe Drinking Water Act. In a 2005 energy bill, Cheney, a former Halliburton executive, personally pushed through what became known as the "Halliburton loophole," which won fracking companies this exemption. 

There is now a huge push to reverse this monumental mistake. Wyoming recently became the first state to force fracking companies such as Halliburton to disclose the chemicals they use. Meanwhile, EPA has requested that the companies voluntarily tell them the secret brew—but the agency is also legally bound the protect the industry's "trade secrets" as it completes a 2-year study of fracking risks.

Activists say public disclosure is a critical first step towards better understanding, regulating and reducing the risks of fracking, and the public doesn't want to wait years while EPA completes its study to know what may be in their water.

There are many gas companies that need to disclose their chemicals, but Halliburton—which so famously had Cheney do its dirty work for years—may as well be the one to get the ball rolling. If one company revealed its chemicals, others would likely feel immense pressure to follow. 

The momentum for better disclosure is strong. Please sign this petition to tell Halliburton to not wait until EPA or Congress or all of the states have to force their hand. Halliburton should voluntarily tell the public what's in their fracking fluids. 

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    News

    1. Halliburton Tries to Greenwash Fracking

      Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is the natural gas drilling technique rapidly spreading across the nation. It has already enabled drilling or exploration in 30 states. And in the last week, regardless of where you live, fracking finally...

    2. Halliburton to EPA: Just Trust Us and Go Away

      Oh, Halliburton. How your arrogance astounds me.
      Two months ago, U.S. EPA wrote nine major natural gas drilling companies a letter. It politely asked the recipients to voluntarily tell agency officials the secret brew of chemicals they use to "frack"...

    3. Nosebleeds and Rashes Plague Fracking Boom Town

      Our tour this week of how the fracking boom is affecting the nation continues.
      First, we took a stop in Pavillion, Wyoming—where taking showers is hazardous and water wells explode just years after natural gas drilling began. Next, we heard from...

    4. Q &amp; A: Why New York State Is Ground Zero In the Fracking Debate

      I wrote earlier this week about how the tiny town of Pavillion, Wyoming, may be the first community to win federal recognition that hydraulic fracturing has contaminated its water supplies. Fracking, as the "unconventional" natural gas drilling...

    5. Tell Halliburton to Reveal Its Drilling Chemicals to the Public

      Louis Meeks and his wife Donna are no strangers to natural gas development. For 32 years, they have lived on their ranch in Pavillion, a tiny town in central Wyoming where gas companies have been drilling since 1998. Today, Meeks is afraid to invite...

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    Reasons for signing

    • maureen brennan STONEHAM, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      Haliburton must be stopped. This is criminal activity.

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    • erik bocelle NASHUA, NH
      • over 3 years ago

      HALLIBURTON,and all its little throw off companys need to be stopped now,before were fighting next war for clean water.

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