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Fracking and the Safe Drinking Water Act reauthorization

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By Lauren Pagel

May 26, 2010

The issue of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells is at the forefront of the Safe Drinking Water Act reauthorization bill, which is being debated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee this morning. EARTHWORKS, along with our partners, is urging members of the Committee to support an amendment that may be offered by Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) that would require natural gas producers to disclose the chemicals used in during the process of hydraulic fracturing.

Disclosure of chemicals used in this process is the first step on the road to protecting public health and drinking water in the 34 states that are impacted by oil and gas drilling. EARTHWORKS also supports the passage of the FRAC Act (S. 1215 and H.R. 2677), which would close the current loophole that exempts hydraulic fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

Stay tuned.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, disclosure, safe drinking water act, diana degette, amendment


Uranium-impacted citizens fly to D.C.

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By Lauren Pagel

May 18, 2010

This week fifteen residents and experts from uranium-impacted communities flew into DC to discuss the hot-topic issues affecting the places where uranium is mined.

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Tagged with: mining reform, uranium


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