Statement of Jennifer Krill, EARTHWORKS Executive Director, in response to introduction of Senate "Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Plan"
July 27, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 27 -- "EARTHWORKS is stunned to see the one-sided nature of the Senate energy proposal, released today, which increases incentives for natural gas production without addressing the impacts of natural gas on communities and water supplies across the country.
The natural gas industry is exempt from numerous environmental standards, putting our Nation at risk of leaks and spills that threaten people and their livelihoods.
Congress needs to act to restore balance to the energy program by protecting citizens, our water and the environment from the chemicals and poor management practices associated with natural gas drilling. For example, eliminating the exemption for natural gas activities under the Safe Drinking Water Act and requiring disclosure of chemicals used in gas drilling will help citizens protect their water supplies in gasland communities.
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