11 times. That’s how many times the oil and gas industry met with the Department of the Interior, pressuring officials with the Bureau of Land Management to weaken proposed fracking regulations for federal public lands.
The result? A set of fracking regulations that would make former Vice President and Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney proud.
Not only can companies hide fracking chemical information behind trade secret claims, they won’t have to test individual wells’ cement casings—a critical barrier between fracking chemicals and underground aquifers. Our federal public lands provide drinking water for millions of Americans. This weak policy will put these drinking water sources at risk.
The oil and gas industry got its chance. Now it’s YOUR turn. Let’s make it count.
- Bureau of Land Management
Fracking--when drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the earth to force gas from underground deposits--has been linked to air and water pollution and public health problems. The BLM's proposal to regulate fracking is inadequate and will put public health and the environment at risk.
The president promised in his State of the Union that this country's gas drilling boom would not come at the expense of public health. As it stands now, the proposed rule fails to meet that promise.
The BLM must put stricter regulations on fracking. Otherwise, we risk a future without safe drinking water for millions of Americans.
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