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A roadmap for EPA

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By Lauren Pagel

December 1, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close, I ve been thinking a lot about the great work the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been doing to try and regulate extractive industries in this country to protect communities and the environment. With the study on the impacts that hydraulic fracturing has on drinking water, and their plans to regulate mercury emissions from mining operations under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is attempting to move this country towards better regulated extraction. There s still a long way to go, of course, but there is a lot that EPA can do to protect our water, air, land and public health in the coming months.

So, what can EPA do through the end of this year and into 2011 to continue this path toward better regulation?

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Tagged with: mining, fracking, epa, mercury, energy, extraction


Let s raise a glass of Drano to Chesapeake Energy s Aubrey McClendon!

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By Lauren Pagel

November 19, 2010

This past Sunday, Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy, was interviewed on CBS 60 Minutes. 

Although he defended natural gas extraction, he also acknowledged that hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) a process that facilities the extraction of natural gas from over 90% of wells drilled in the United States injects the equivalent of Drano through the water table groundwater that provides drinking water for much of America.

Finally, a major energy industry CEO is admitting the truth that fracking chemicals are toxic, like Drano. 

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Tagged with: fracking, natural gas, chesapeake, fracturing, gas, drano


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