One of the toxicological myths as written by Dr. Marvin Legator in an essay published in Fruit of the Orchard: Environmental Justice in East Texas states:
MYTH: The absence of data is the same as negative data.
This is one of the most frequently used statements by those who wish to pollute the environment. Equating the absence of studies to characterize the hazard of a chemical to running definitive experiments that indeed show the lack of presence of toxicity for a give agent, is a widely used approach to deliberately mislead victims of chemical injury.
Industry uses this myth to escape responsibility for contaminating our water, air and soil. Despite hundreds of cases where water contamination has occurred during or shortly after hydraulic fracturing, industry still claims there are no documented cases of water contamination as a result of hydraulic fracturing. But now…
Frack chemical contamination
EPA investigates 11 polluted wells
THE RIVER REPORTER
…industry watchdogs say the contamination of about 40 wells in Wyoming, being investigated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, may provide solid evidence that chemicals used in the fracking process can end up in drinking wells.
Residents of Pavillion, Wyoming have complained for years that drilling was contaminating their water.
Some Pavillion, Wyoming landowners have water that smells and tastes like gasoline. It’s cloudy, and particles float in it. It didn’t used to be this way.
Encana started an intensive drilling campaign in the area in 2000.
Since then, residents have complained of numerous symptoms, such as losing the senses of taste and smell. Many have also complained that wells, which had provided clean fresh water for years, were now producing foul-smelling water unfit for consumption by humans or animals.
THE RIVER REPORTER
EPA testing has now confirmed that 11 wells are contaminated “with various substances connected with gas drilling.” About 40 wells are said to be contaminated and EPA plans to do further testing of all the wells now that contamination of the 11 has been confirmed.
Did you get that?
EPA testing has now confirmed that 11 wells are contaminated “with various substances connected with gas drilling.”
Legislation is pending that will close the Halliburton Loophole, but we need more support for these bills. Please ask your member of Congress or Senator to co-sponsor these bills.
S. 1215 – Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes.
H.R. 2766 – Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009
To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.