Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply by Abrahm Lustgarten for ProPublica Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic [...]
In an excerpt from StateImpact’s report, the industry responds to Vermont’s decision: The American Petroleum Institute is raising questions about the measure’s constitutionality, arguing a wholesale ban on an industrial practice violates the document’s Commerce Clause. Vermont Fracking [...]
Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time by Abrahm Lustgarten and Nick Kusnetz for ProPublica In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely [...]
“Today, New Jersey sent a strong message to surrounding states and to the nation that a ban on fracking is necessary to protect public health and preserve our natural resources,” said Senator Bob Gordon (D-Bergen). “Any benefits of gas production simply do not justify the many potential dangers associated with fracking such as pollution of our lakes, streams and drinking water supplies and the release of airborne pollutants. We should not wait until our natural resources are threatened or destroyed to act. The time to ban fracking in New Jersey is now.”
After citing the rise of gas prices, dependence to dictatorial regimes, and the great recession; Sen. Jordan proclaimed "Let's use facts, not fear to make our decision" going on to record that the process of fracturing has been active for 60yrs, while failing to mention that recent chemical solutions and horizontal drilling practices have changed the face of drilling for the 21st century. These changes mark the points for interest groups concerned about the drilling. Certain environmental groups have spoken in favor for responsible drilling, but quickly shun current fracking methods; asking for the industry to provide safer alternatives.
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That list includes 29 chemicals that are either known or possible carcinogens or are regulated by the federal government because of other risks to human health. As we reported more than a year ago, most of the fluids now used in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are left underground when drilling ends. The report notes that while the fate of these fluids "is not entirely predictable," in most cases, "the permanent underground injection of chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency."