Our country is undergoing an unprecedented gas drilling boom that is putting the drinking water supplies for millions of Americans at risk.
Oil and gas companies are using a controversial method that involves blasting millions of gallons of chemically-treated water into the earth to extract gas from underground deposits.
But thanks to a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act, they don’t even have to report what chemicals they are shooting into the ground.
And that’s not all. Oil and gas companies also get special treatment under the Clean Air Act – and now drilling areas in Wyoming now have worse smog than Los Angeles!
Thankfully, two bills just introduced in Congress would change this.
The Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act would close oil and gas industry loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act and require disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing.
The Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act would eliminate an unfair loophole in the Clean Air Act for oil and gas companies.
Please ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the FRAC and BREATHE Acts!
****If you are already a co-sponsor of the FRAC and BREATHE Acts, we thank you so much for your leadership. If you are not yet a co-sponsor, please read on.*****
Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Congressmen Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and others recently unveiled bills to protect air quality and drinking water supplies. The Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act would protect drinking water supplies from the pollution associated with a controversial form of gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing - in which drillers blast millions of gallons of chemically-treated water into the earth to extract the gas from underground deposits.
The Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act would close loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act and require disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. If the bill becomes law, the EPA would regain the ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing and companies would once again be required under federal law to report the chemicals they are injecting into the ground.
The Bringing Reductions to Energy's Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act would restore Clean Air Act protections for communities within areas of heavy oil and gas drilling activity. Right now, many oil and gas wells fall squarely within a loophole in the Clean Air Act that means they don't have to control their air pollution as carefully as larger industrial sources even though the cumulative air pollution from all of these thousands of wells can be far greater than individual 'major sources.'
As your constituent, I look forward to your support of this legislation, which restores crucial drinking water and air protections at a time when this country is undergoing an unprecedented gas drilling boom. The millions of Americans whose drinking water and clean air is at stake are depending on you.
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