Keep drilling toxics out of our drinking water
Tell your Senators, Representative to support the FRAC Act
Senators Casey (D-PA) and Schumer (D-NY), and Representatives DeGette (D-CO), Polis (D-CO) and Hinchey (D-NY) have introduced twin bills in the Senate (S 587) and House (HR 1084) to close the so-called "Halliburton" loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act that allows oil and gas drillers to inject hazardous materials -- unchecked -- directly into or adjacent to underground drinking water supplies.
The exemption is known as the "Halliburton loophole" because former Vice President Dick Cheney, ex-CEO of Halliburton, is associated with its creation. Halliburton developed hydraulic fracturing in the 1940s, and remains one of the three largest manufacturers of fracturing fluids.
Potential for drinking water contamination
Hydraulic fracturing injects fluids under extremely high pressure into an oil or gas well to crack open underground oil and gas formations. The fluids usually contain highly toxic chemicals, such as benzene, and hydraulic fracturing is suspected of contaminating drinking water across the country.
We need your help to help get as many cosponsors as possible on this important piece of legislation. This loophole is a relic of the Bush Administration and must be closed to protect drinking water in the 34 states where oil and gas drilling takes place.
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For More Information:
- Check out our hydraulic fracturing web page.
- Read our press release about closing the Halliburton loophole.
- The text of the Fracking Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC ACT)
- ProPublica's groundbreaking series on gas drilling.