Thanks to the "Halliburton Loophole" put in place by the Bush/Cheney administration, we don't have any right to know which chemicals may be polluting our drinking water.
Hydraulic fracturing, known as "fracking," is an increasingly common method of drilling for natural gas. Highly pressurized fluids mixed with toxic chemicals are blasted deep beneath the earth's surface in order to force the gas out. And people are getting sick.
Despite numerous incidents of contamination and adverse impacts on public health, companies using fracking were given a special exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act: they don't have to report to anyone which chemicals they're using, in what amounts, and where.
This has to stop. We have a right to know.
Please join Congresswoman Diana DeGette in calling on Congress to pass the FRAC Act (HR2267). Sign the petition today!
I recognize that natural gas is an important source of energy, but we have to make sure it's extracted safely. The current system grants a loophole to companies involved in hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") by exempting them from compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Companies are currently blasting toxic chemicals into the ground, with no requirement to even disclose which chemicals they're using and where they're using them. In recent years, there have been numerous troubling incidents of contamination, and people are getting sick after fracking operations begin in their community.
We can meet our energy needs without poisoning our water and our communities. Passing the FRAC Act (HR 2766) is the first step.