Drillers Not Required to Disclose Chemicals Used - Help Change That
Despite risks of drinking water contamination, chemicals used in the natural gas drilling process called "hydraulic fracturing" continue to go unchecked and unregulated.
Ask your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, or "FRAC Act" (H.R. 2766 and S. 1215), which would require companies to make public the chemicals they put underground near our water sources, and regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Graphic is courtesy of Pro Publica and used under a Creative Commons license. It illustrates how hydraulic fracturing works, specifically referencing the Marcellus Shale formation underlying New York, Pennsylvania and other stares in the area. Hydraulic fracturing here poses risks to New York City's drinking water supply
Hydraulic fracturing is an oil and gas drilling process that is currently unregulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The FRAC Act would remove that exemption, thus requiring companies that use hydraulic fracturing to protect underground sources of drinking water exactly as other industries are required to do.
The oil and gas industry is also not required to disclose the fluids they put underground, and often those fluids contain toxic chemical compounds that can cause cancer and other serious diseases. We are already seeing incidences of well water pollution across the country in areas with high concentrations of drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Luckily, the FRAC Act would require public disclosure of injected fluids so that the public and medical professionals know what is being injected underground near sources of drinking water in case there is a problem.
Because the United States is likely to see more natural gas drilling in the coming years, it is important that we make sure it is done in a way that protects communities and ecosystems. The FRAC Act is an important and conscientious first step that our elected officials like you can take to make sure that energy development is not done at a serious cost to families.