A method for extracting natural gas from shale formations originally developed by the Halliburton Corporation has come under fire for, among other things, making tap water flammable. Tap water is made flammable by high concentrations of methane gas dissolved in it. The process, also known as hydraulic fracturing, consists of mixing millions of gallons of local drinking water with diesel fuel and other toxic chemicals and then forcing it into shale formations under immense pressure to fracture the rock and release trapped pockets of natural gas.
Congress Acted to Exempt Fracking from Environmental Laws
Former CEO of Halliburton, then Vice President Dick Cheney worked with Halliburton lobbyists in 2005 to exempt fracking fluid from environmental disclosure laws. They argued that Halliburton should not have to disclose their “proprietary” blend of chemicals used for fracking, since it was a trade secret. Despite the fact that drilling companies can keep their fracking “blend” secret, testing done at fracking sites has revealed a list of over 260 deadly chemicals such as:
- Volatile Organic Compounds like Methane
- Heavy Metals
EPA Fails to Protect Drinking Water
Fracking is not regulated by the EPA because of the 2005 law that Halliburton pushed through Congress; it is also exempted from regulation under the Safe Water Drinking Act. Because of this, “fracking” is a largely unregulated industry. Budget limitations and shortfalls make the problem worse, gas regulators in many states where fracking is done are stretched too thin to do their jobs. The New York Times states that Democrats in the House recently revealed that fracking companies have injected at least 32 million gallons of diesel fuel into the ground in 19 states in an effort to extract natural gas.
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