How Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Drinking Water
Avoid Toxic Contamination
- Replace dangerous chemicals in fracturing fluids with safer alternatives; and
- Send wastewater to facilities capable of dealing with the issues presented by fracturing fluids.
Plan for Safety
Prevent gas drillers from using water for fracturing where it depletes local watersheds;
- Drill only in areas safely distant from drinking water;
- Require a fee for drilling sufficient to pay for cleanup of abandoned sites and to pay for monitoring, permitting, and enforcement of active sites; and
- Create a bonding requirement to make sure that companies have the ability to cover the above costs before drilling begins.
Hold Drillers Accountable
- Make the composition of fracturing fluids public;
- Make sure citizens know the quantity and location of fluids injected nearby;
- Make polluters pay for any contamination they cause; and
- Clean up sites when done and replace lost water supplies.
Employ Best Practices
- Construct drilling sites in a way that prevents the spread of contaminants, such as using steel tanks rather than open pits for wastewater; and
- Be prepared for problems by using rubber pools to catch spills and frequently monitoring for the possibility of escaped fluids or gases.
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