Posts tagged ‘chemicals’

April 15, 2012

Concerning the “greater good” and fracking …

These questions beg to be asked: 
How is it that any chemicals, endangering public health are allowed near any public water source, no matter what their purpose?
How has approval been given for these operations before substantive information has been gleaned concerning the longterm effects of fracking and essential precautions taken?
Once begun and the damage done, what choices will we have?  Why not prevention?
What amount of compensation would return our water, our air, our environment to its original state?
Who pays the unltimate cost?
How have our rights to clean air, water, food, a life-sustaining environment been given to entities that stand to profit from extraction at any cost?
Have we given up our rights by default?  Do we, in making our choices, consider the longterm effects of those choices?  Are our decisions informed by facts and founded on experience?  If not, are we willing to make the necessary changes?
According to EarthJustice, “in 2005, Congress included the so-called “Halliburton Loophole” in an energy bill. This provision exempting hydraulic fracturing from key provisions of the Safe Water Drinking Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. Since that time, there has been only so much that locals, environmentalists, and public health advocates can accomplish regarding fracking regulation. Earthjustice has seen some success recently in chemical disclosure and local jurisdiction, however we do need new legislation to address this matter. One simple thing you can do is to ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the FRAC and BREATHE Acts: “
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