Oil and gas companies—and their friends in politics—would like us to believe that natural gas can solve climate change, get us off foreign oil, fight terrorism, and bring jobs... but if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
Corporations are working overtime to greenwash gas so that people don’t find out the truth: the water supply of millions of people is at risk from a dangerous new method of gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”
Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of toxic chemicals deep underground to break up rock formations and release pockets of gas. Across the country hydraulic fracturing has been linked to many cases of water so polluted with gas that you can actually light it on fire! The process has also been blamed for huge explosions and the creation of dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in the air around drilling sites.
Gas companies don't have to reveal what chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing because the process is specifically exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act through a provision nicknamed “the Halliburton Loophole.” As a result of the Halliburton Loophole and other exemptions, the EPA has absolutely no power to regulate hydraulic fracturing.
A bill in Congress, called the FRAC Act, would close the Halliburton Loophole and restore EPA authority to regulate gas drilling. But the bill is not moving forward and instead lawmakers want to pass the NAT Gas Act and give $5 billion in subsidies to the gas industry.
It’s time for politicians across the U.S. to wake up and realize that natural gas is not a miracle energy source or “clean transition fuel,” it’s a bridge to nowhere.
Tell President Obama and Congress: Don’t Buy the “Natural” Gas Myth!