Here’s a glimpse of what we’re up against in the battle for safe drinking water:
Patton Boggs LLP
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Using the people’s government to further the corporate agenda.
Open Secrets reveals:
Here’s some text from the flier they are distributing:
The proposed legislation would remove this exemption and require disclosure of the content of the hydraulic fracturing fluid.
Why should the oil and gas industry have exemptions that no other industry in America has? There are enough documented cases where hydraulic fracturing fluid has caused harm to people and animals. We need to know the chemicals that are injected into and near our drinking water.
More from the flier:
Removing this exemption would require the EPA to establish regulations for state
programs for fracing. Such a program could (i) prohibit fracing altogether, (ii) restrict the fluids that can be used,), (iii) subject fracing to general Underground Injection Control programs of the SDWA. The API commissioned a study of the effects of several potential limitations. With respect to fluid restrictions, it assumed that EPA would prohibit the following: water containing surfactants or detergents, nitrogen foams and gels which could interact with water and create ammonia, and acid used to regulate the pH; and would allow only water with additives such as salt and iron control and CO2 foams and gels.
HR. 2766, sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) is awaiting action in the House
Energy and Commerce Committee. S. 1215, sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), is awaiting action in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Please feel free to contact Bob Thibault, Matt Knoedler or Lorrie Bade (303-894-6191 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Martin Gibson (214-758-1537 email@example.com ) for additional information or status updates on this significant and potentially wide-ranging legislation.
This is bull! If they were fracking before Cheney got the exemption in 1995, they can still frack after the exemption is removed. This legislation just removes the exemption.