Did you know that communities in Wyoming sometimes have worse air quality days than Los Angeles due to natural gas drilling?1 Or that hydraulic fracturing – the drilling method used by the oil and gas industry – creates polluted wastewater which includes radioactive materials and toxic chemicals?
Unfortunately, oil and gas lobbyists have succeeded in carving out loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act, leaving communities all over the country to suffer from the effects of unregulated drilling – dirty air and polluted drinking water.
Companies involved in hydraulic fracturing should have to report the chemicals they pump underground, and their injection wells should be covered by the protections provided by the Safe Drinking Water Act. In addition, they should be required to meet Clean Air Act standards, just like other industries across the United States.
People should not have to worry about the safety of their drinking water or breathe dirty air because of natural gas drilling. It’s time to close the loopholes in environmental laws that allow natural gas companies to evade government oversight and pollute our air and water.
Sierra Club Natural Gas Reform Campaign
Over 30 million gallons of diesel fuel have been injected below the water table by 14 hydraulic fracture drilling companies.
Quoting from the New York Times article:
“We learned that no oil and gas service companies have sought — and no state and federal regulators have issued — permits for diesel fuel use in hydraulic fracturing,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman of California and two other Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in the letter. “This appears to be a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
I’m sure the people who stand to profit from drilling will find some way to explain how perfectly reasonable it is to do such a thing.