Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Stop using fracking wastewater for livestock and wildlife
In the western United States, fracking wastewater can legally be used to water livestock and wildlife. Although such surface dumping is forbidden on the east coast, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still allows this usage in the west if it is “needed” and of supposedly good quality. However, much of what is dumped is not monitored. Action must be taken to demand the EPA to finally forbid surface dumping of fracking wastewater for use in agriculture, livestock, and wildlife.
In 1979, the EPA approved surface dumping of oil and gas wastewater for agriculture, livestock, and wildlife. However, the EPA needs to acknowledge that oil and gas wastewater is not the same as it was decades ago. Wastewater from fracking contains 632 chemicals with 25 percent of those chemicals causing cancer or other mutations. A study on the effects of fracking wastewater on cows found that ingesting this contaminated water resulted in stillbirths and genetic defects in offspring.
Now is the time to demand the proper disposal of wastewater to protect our livestock and wildlife. Even if the land is suffering from drought, poisoned water is not the next best option. By signing this petition, you are urging the EPA to finally abolish the use of oil and gas wastewater for agriculture, livestock, and wildlife.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
The EPA needs to address the fact that fracking wastewater is harmful to agriculture, livestock, and wildlife use. Wastewater from fracking includes hundreds of chemicals, many of which cause stillbirths and genetic defects in cows. The need for drinking water in the west is a crucial issue but surface dumping wastewater is not the solution.
Local wildlife in the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming consumes streams of fracking wastewater, ingesting harmful chemicals. As a federal agency, the EPA should protect the nation’s wild instead of allowing the oil and gas industry to dominate the earth. The EPA needs to enforce surface wastewater dumping as well as demand frequent water samples of the wastewater to truly ensure the health of wildlife and livestock. Please take action to deny the use of fracking wastewater in agriculture, livestock, and wildlife.
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