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Fracking is a threat to our water! Did you know that fracking is NOT safe because fracked water does not have to go through the same assessment, monitoring or controls as other water? This is NOT safe! All water and sources of water should be monitored and tested.
The 2005 Energy Policy Act harms health because it lets Big Oil companies do what they not without rules for water safety.
All of this was allowed because Vice President Dick Cheney was the head of a company called Halliburton that specialized in fracking technology. The Energy Policy Act was passed letting this dangerous technology poison the water of children and others. It is unacceptable.
Fracking does NOT have to follow the rules of the following:
1. Safe Drinking Water Act
2. Clean Water Act
3. Clean Air Act
4. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Fracking uses toxic chemicals. These toxic chemicals get into our water.
What is Fracking?
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a way to extract oil or natural gas by breaking up rock formations deep underground. Cracks are opened and widened by injecting water, chemicals and sand at high pressure.
Fracking uses a lot of water, 2-8 million gallons of water every time a well is fracked and a well can be fracked up to 20 times. Fracking also injects toxic chemicals (fracking fluids) along with the water. Drilling companies claim that these fracking fluids are harmless because they are “only” 2% of the liquid used. But 2% of the billions of gallons of fracking fluids every year equals hundreds of tons of toxic chemicals, many of which are kept secret.
The 2005 Energy Policy Act allowed fracking to not follow the Safe Drinking Water Act, this is often referred to as the “Halliburton loophole”.
Since 2005, more than 100,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled and fracked in the United States.