There’s a lot of information about Fracking for Natural Gas out there, and more everyday. In February, the EPA Science Advisory Team announced that it will be further studying the relational impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water supplies. Great! Waiting to pass regulations is not in either side’s interest.
The only logical answer is to weigh all the facts, and address the issues one by one. There is a lot of hard work involved, both by scientists, and lawyers. Large Philadelphia law firms like Blank Rome already have legal frack teams rolling out their defense strategies for possible polluters. Big money is now pumping through the legal and business sectors, paving the way for a sonic speed gas boom.
No one wants to wait for Science, but quality, peer-reviewed data must at least exist and have an “at-bat.” And it would do anyone who stands to profit from the Natural Gas Boom in Pennsylvania well to remember:
Nature Bats Last!
The EPA proposes to characterize toxicity in almost every stage of the hydraulic fracturing life-cycle. EPA also plans to summarize all available data obtained on chemicals and naturally occurring substances used and released during the hydraulic fracturing process in order to characterize and understand potential human health effects.
1) Water Acquisition
2) Chemical Mixing
3) Well Injection
4) Flowback and Produced Water
5) Wastewater Treatment and Waste Disposal
Among other supposedly soft and unnecessary programs, politicians in Washington DC aim to slash EPA funding and regulatory reach. The Clean Air Council has pushed back hard as Clean Air attacks are being led by a few members of both the House and the Senate who are especially cozy with polluter industries: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), James Inhofe (R-OK), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Max Baucus (D-MT); and Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) in the House. In the House, the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee passed its own so-called Dirty Air Act authored by Reps. Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield, with help from Sen. James Inhofe. This bill is expected to come to the House floor for a full chamber vote in the next few weeks. It is critical to stop the House and Senate from passing these Dirty Air bills and amendments! We must take action now to tell them that obstructing these protective pollution limits is not only hurting us, but threatening our environmental security, and our very way of life.