Fracking for Natural Gas and Oil May Have Broken the Law
Companies Injected Diesel in 15 States, But Locations are Unknown
WASHINGTON – August 5, 2010. More than 25 conservation and community organizations from across the United States asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a congressional committee to investigate whether natural gas and oil companies broke the law by injecting diesel fuel underground in a controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing.
The groups sent letters today to the EPA and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. The letters asked them to determine whether companies violated the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in their fracturing operations.
In February, the House Energy and Commerce Committee disclosed as part of an investigation into hydraulic fracturing that energy companies Halliburton and B.J. Services had used diesel in hydraulic fracturing operations in at least 15 states in 2005, 2006 and 2007. However the companies did not reveal to the committee precisely where these injections occurred.
One of the letters released today also asks the Committee to investigate exactly where and when the companies injected diesel so that communities can protect themselves. The more than 25 organizations simultaneously sent letters to the three fracturing companies named in the committee’s February disclosure, Halliburton, B.J. Services and Schlumberger, asking the companies to state where and when they injected diesel and related compounds. MORE
Gee, wonder if one of those 15 states was Texas.