Punish Fracking Companies for Contaminating Drinking Water

Clean Water

Target: Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy

Goal: Punish fracking companies responsible for contaminating aquifers

California recently shut down 11 fracking injection wells due to concerns about contaminated aquifers that are used for drinking water. California demanded an immediate report on the situation, and the results are damning. Nine of the fracking sites were illegally dumping their wastewater into these aquifers, thereby placing the public at risk. Fracking uses an extensive amount of water that results in many of it being too toxic to safely consume. Tell the Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency to punish the fracking companies responsible for polluting our water.

It’s estimated that three billion gallons of waste water were illegally dumped into central California’s aquifers. Half of the samples collected at the eight sites tested contained high levels of arsenic, a carcinogen that harms the immune system, and thallium, used in rat poison. High concentrations of these toxins shouldn’t be present in our water supply, and yet fracking companies continue to illegally dump their waste into our drinking water. If the public drank this water, many would be ill and face long lasting consequences.

Investigations are still under way as authorities try to determine how widespread the contamination site truly is. The State Water Resource Board believes 19 other fracking sites could have contaminated nearby aquifers, but further tests are needed to determine if this hunch is correct.

It is highly irresponsible for fracking companies to dump their waste into our drinking water. This is a health and safety hazard not just for humans, but for animals and our environment. California is in the midst of a drought and such careless actions are costly for the entire state. Tell the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to punish the fracking companies responsible for polluting our water supply and potentially harming the populace.


Dear Administrator Gina McCarthy,

Your organization recently received a letter from the California State Water Resources Board stating that at least nine fracking injection sites were illegally dumping their wastewater into aquifers. These aquifers are protected by state and federal law because everyone should have access to safe and clean drinking water. This letter also contained a report on the high levels of arsenic and thallium present in the contaminated water sites. Both of these elements can severely hinder a person’s immune system and potentially kill them.

As the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency it is your job to ensure that companies and industries do not harm our environment. It is obvious that these companies are harming both the environment and the people. I urge you to severely punish those responsible, as actions such as these are careless and costly. California is in a drought and every drop of clean water is precious and necessary for survival.


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