When New York State proposed “rules for hydraulic fracturing”, it received something it didn’t count on, over 200,000 anti-fracking comments from concerned citizens, submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Seven months after receiving these comments, the NYS DEC is refusing to say whether it will respond to the overwhelming opposition to the states plan to allow corporations to poison communities groundwater with toxic chemicals from hydraulic fracturing.
Because of its silence on the issue, no one is sure if the DEC has read the comments, are taking them into consideration, or is simply ignoring them and cataloging them away.
I’d like to remind the Department of Environmental Conservation that it was commissioned to protect the residents and citizenry of the state and country from the polluters, NOT to protect the polluters and their profits from the citizenry!
Former Hallibuton CEO, Dick Cheney, abused his position as vise president by forging legislation in 2005, in closed-door meetings in collusion with the gas and oil industry, to create the ‘Halliburton Loophole’. This insidious legislation exempted Halliburton, the developer of Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and the entire industry from rules imposed by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as part of the ‘Energy Policy Act of 2005’.
With this in place, it has allowed the industry to pollute the groundwater at will and keep secret the toxic soup of chemicals they inject into the ground during fracking operations. Toxic fracking chemicals have been found making their way into America’s Drinking Water!
Halliburton alone earns about $1.5 BILLION annually from hydraulic fracturing, while not having to be responsible for its damages to our environment or health.
As much as 350,000 gallons of fracturing fluids and up to 320,000 pounds of solids can be used for a single well. Many fracturing fluids contain chemicals that are extremely toxic and carcinogenic to humans and wildlife.
Many, but not all of the toxic substances that make up much of the fracking fluids have been identified, no thanks to the industry. They include diesel fuel, which contains a host of known carcinogens, benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene, naphthalene. Other chemicals that have been discovered within fracking fluids include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; methanol; formaldehyde; ethylene glycol; glycol ethers; hydrochloric acid; and sodium hydroxide, just to name a very few.
We need to understand that very small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals like benzene are capable of contaminating MILLIONS of gallons of water.
With inhumane laws like the Energy Policy Act of 2005, many industries can relieve themselves of highly dangerous compounds normally classified as ‘Hazardous Waste’, into fracking wells, and fracking fluid disposal wells, without any kind of oversight, that would otherwise require expensive hazardous waste disposal fees, much like the phosphate industry does when it disposes its poisonous combination of hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride, hazardous waste into municipal water supplies as “fluoride”, a scientifically inaccurate term, under the guise of preventing tooth decay.
‘The Fluoride Deception’, a 15-minute video by Mike Adams clearly describes the way the phosphate industry avoids strict EPA rules preventing these poisonous chemicals from entering our environment.