Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Demand the Environmental Protection Agency protect groundwater supplies from fracking
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) habitually neglects to fine and punish companies that pollute groundwater through fracking operations. Fracking, properly known as hydraulic fracturing, involves injecting large amounts of fluid into rock to free up oil and gas trapped inside. There have been many complaints about nearby groundwater supplies being contaminated in the process. Demand the EPA protect our drinking water from fracking pollution.
Fracking is a controversial extraction method where large quantities of fluid are injected into the rock bed causing stress fractures to form in the rock and freeing up otherwise inaccessible oil and gas reserves. While studies are still being conducted, fracking has been blamed for groundwater contamination and increase seismic activity among other concerns.
The EPA has developed a pattern of coming out strongly against fracking companies, and failing to follow through on enforcement, leaving it up to state regulators. Tell the EPA this is not acceptable. It is their job to protect the environment, and our drinking water, from contamination – no matter how powerful the industry is that is causing the pollution. We cannot sacrifice our water supplies for cheap energy.
Demand Gina McCarthy enforce the clean water regulations being violated by fracking.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
A recent report by the Inspector General criticized your agency for backing away from enforcement actions against hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, operations that pollute groundwater supplies. In one case you initially demanded that the oil and gas driller Ranger Resources increase monitoring and provide clean water to a family in Texas whose water supply was poisoned by nearby fracking operations. Later your agency backed away from even that most modest amount of enforcement.
Clean drinking water is essential to the future of this country and the health of the people. It is in limited supply and fracking operations have contaminated groundwater supplies and wells that people depend on for drinking water. Local and state regulators have a history of inconsistent enforcement. We need your agency to consistently, and vigorously, protect our groundwater supplies for future generations.
Ms. McCarthy, prioritize the protection of groundwater from fracking contamination. As the Environmental Protection Agency, protecting our water supplies has to be a top priority for your organization and cannot be sacrificed in the name of cheap energy.
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