The biggest of hydraulic fracturing cons is that the practice of poisoning communities watersheds with toxic chemicals is a serious CRIME if it were not exempted from the reasonable rules of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is a federal U.S. law which became effective in 1974. It’s an amendment to the Public Health Service Act which is to assure the public is provided with safe drinking water. Whereas the SDWA covers every public drinking water system within the U.S., it does not cover private wells.
The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972 is the primary federal U.S. law which governs water pollution as it pertains to bodies of water within the country, but it does not cover groundwater contamination. Its primary objective is to prevent water pollution from direct and non-direct sources, to restore polluted bodies of waters, and maintain the natural integrity of the nations’ waters.
The Fracking Industry Gets a Free Pass to Poison our Drinking Water
When the Safe Drinking Water Act became effective in 1974, it initiated the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program, which authorized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate injection wells, in order to protect underground sources of drinking water.
In 2005, after secretive, closed door meetings conducted by Vice President Dick Cheney, in collusion with the oil and gas industry, they got Republican corporate sellouts within Congress to amend the SDWA to exclude hydraulic fracturing from having to abide by the provisions under the UIC program. This exclusion has been termed the “Halliburton Loophole” by opponents. The Halliburton Corporation is the world’s largest provider of hydraulic fracturing services. Dick Cheney being a former CEO of Halliburton, and still heavily invested with, is in a reciprocal relationship with the company, criminally conspired to profit at the expense of the safety of Americans.
In fact, the exclusion of hydro-fracking from citizen’s protection laws was so sinister; the industry doesn’t even have to disclose the specific chemicals they use in their process. Despite the secrecy, we’ve discovered a few of the component of the chemical cocktail used in fracking.
They include diesel fuel, which contains a host of known carcinogens, benzene, ethyl benzene, toluene, xylene, naphthalene. Other fracking fluids include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; methanol; formaldehyde; ethylene glycol; glycol ethers; hydrochloric acid; and sodium hydroxide. Many of these compounds are known to be cancer-causing, minute amounts of these carcinogens are capable of contaminating MILLIONS of gallons of water. It’s been suggested that other industries are colluding with the energy industry to dispose of their industrial wastes in fracking operations, just to avoid the high-cost of hazardous waste disposal.
In June of 2009, a bill was introduced by representatives of the people, to both the Senate and Congress, called the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (“FRAC Act”). The bill would have repealed the exemption for the hydraulic fracturing industry from being exempt from SDWA regulations, under the UIC program. It also would have required the industry to disclose the chemicals it pumps into the groundwater. It did not pass, and in 2011 it was re-introduced, but has still been stalled by members of our government who have been financially bribed by the industry to sell us out.
Today, state and federal regulators turn a blind eye to the environmental disaster being caused by fracking, oil, coal and nuclear production and use. The lax regulation has allowed the industry to scramble in a mad rush to drill as fast as they can, everywhere they can. Studies have measured considerable neurotoxins and carcinogens in the air from Hydraulic fracturing sites, carbon disulfide, formaldehyde and methanol.
The Energy Solution
We as a society need to power our homes, businesses, transportation and industry with truly clean renewable energy, with the Sun, the wind, and falling water, because we are well on our way to polluting our environment permanently. Diseases caused by these intentional industrial disasters are growing to epidemic levels. We have the technologies, but we need to extract the immensely rich and powerful energy industry and banking interests from our government so that We the People can make the decisions that will finally benefit the American citizenry, and not a handful of corporate executives and their companies. We have a Right to Clean Drinking Water and a clean environment in which to live and raise our families!
In the age of toxicity, the only way to assure that you’re drinking clean water is to install your own Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems. Reverse Osmosis systems greatly reduce or eliminate contaminants in your drinking water.