Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson
Goal: Require full disclosure of toxic chemicals used in hydrofracking
In 2005, Dick Cheney lobbied to get hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking or fracking, exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act. The act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to set standards for the quality of drinking water, including the regulation of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. Dick Cheney’s company, Halliburton, was the first to make hydrofracking commercially popular, and the continuation of this dangerous practice was of great financial interest to Mr. Cheney and his high-powered friends.
Thanks to his lobbying efforts, an exemption for hydrofracking known as the “Halliburton Loophole” is in place. This loophole allows companies to keep the chemicals they use in hydrofracking secret from both the public and the EPA, even if the chemicals are carcinogens regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Toxic chemicals including sulfuric acid, lead, benzene, and hydrochloric acid are passing unregulated into our drinking water aquifers thanks to the Halliburton Loophole. Though the natural gas industry hides behind percentages – claiming that these dangerous chemicals may comprise only .01% of fracking fluid – we can do the math just as well. Even at their lowest estimate, it is known that millions of gallons of fluid are used in hydrofracking – making the “tiny” estimate of .01% into tens of thousands of gallons of harmful chemicals. Because of the loophole, no one is entitled to know which chemicals and how much of them are getting into the drinking water, and the EPA has no legal power to regulate them.
The health and safety of the public should never be compromised for the financial interests of big natural gas companies. Hydrofracking is poisoning our water with chemicals that are known to cause cancer, and the first step to stopping it is to hold companies accountable. Sign this petition and tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to close the Halliburton Loophole and start requiring natural gas companies to fully disclose the chemicals used in hydrofracking.
Dear EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson,
The Safe Drinking Water Act was put in place to protect the public from being poisoned by their drinking water, but the Halliburton Loophole represents a major obstacle for that goal. The exemption of hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act compromises public health in favor of the financial interests of big natural gas companies.
The public wants to know which dangerous chemicals the natural gas industry uses in hydrofracking and wants them to be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
I urge you to close the Halliburton Loophole and start requiring companies who practice hydrofracking to fully disclose the chemicals used in this controversial drilling practice. Please show that the EPA truly values public health and safety and end the exemption of hydrofracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act.
[Your Name Here]
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