Stronger frack protections needed

Hydraulic fracturing pumps toxic, cancer-causing chemicals into the ground, threatening water resources. It fouls the air and lowers property values.

Last spring, the Bureau of Land Management first proposed new fracking rules. They were a good start, but nearly 175,000 people told the BLM that the rules need to be stronger.

Unfortunately, the White House and BLM gave in to the oil and gas industry and just proposed new rules headed in the wrong direction.

The latest requirements for public disclosure of chemicals and well safety tests are weaker, not stronger.

It’s time to pressure BLM to do the right thing.

  • End the use of open pits to store fracking wastewater.
  • Require all wells to be tested to make sure they are isolated from groundwater.
  • Require disclosure of chemicals before fracking.
  • Require oil and gas companies to do baseline water quality tests to document whether contamination occurs after drilling and fracking, and share the results with residents.
  • Set “no drill” zones around homes and water supplies.

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Please send your comments by noon, Friday, August 23, so we can deliver your message to the BLM before the close of the comment period on Friday.

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