US Fracking Creates Nearly 300 Billion Gallons Annually Of Toxic Waste says a new report, notes Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. That’s enough to immerse Washington D.C. in 22 feet of toxic water. The report, published by Environment America, noted the toxic wastewater produced by oil and natural gas operations often contains carcinogens and even radioactive materials. There are major weaknesses in current wastewater disposal practices — wastewater is often stored in deep wells, but over time these wells can fail, leading to the potential for ground and surface water contamination. In New Mexico alone, chemicals from oil and gas pits have contaminated water sources over 400 times. Those toxic chemicals are exempt from federal disclosure laws, meaning each state must decide if and how oil and gas companies should disclose the chemicals they use in their. In many states, citizens don’t know what goes into the brew that fracking operators use to extract oil and natural gas. Luckily, some states are beginning to address this — California recently passed a law ordering fracking companies to make their chemicals public, an order similar to laws in about seven other states.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
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