There is a giant hue and cry concerning Fracking Chemicals used by the drilling industry to drill for natural gas. Pollution of this industry and more was covered by the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 to control the contamination of our water supply with pollution, chemicals and any other harmful substances.
That was great until Congress in 2005 passed an energy bill that included an exemption for the natural gas drilling operations from having to comply with the 1974 act. This was in spite of the fact that it was known that eh natural gas drilling industry routinely contaminated ground and surface water supplies with hundreds of tons of toxic chemicals.
Yes, Congress is really looking out for our best interests and really was on the ball here.
This has major consequences for anyone exposed to these chemicals in the land, water, and even in the air. Diseases of all kinds are the result, few of which respond to treatment and that includes leaving us more open to MRSA infections. How do you treat MRSA when your body is being assaulted with chemicals every day and your immune system has gone south along with everything else? MRSA treatment is an exercise in futility as long as you are in that kind of environment.
There have been many reports of very frightening consequences of having an unregulated natrual gas drilling operation near you. Would you like to have FLAMMABLE drinking water coming right out of your kitchen tap? How about radioactive waste water being used in their fracking? And don’t worry about the millions of barrels of toxic fracking chemicals being dumped into the environment, they will not be a problem.
Current law simply allows the natural gas industry to pollute as they will and they have no consequences and are free to do as they wish.
It does not matter that any accident can send huge amounts of fracking fluid into area farmland and streams, contaminate the local water supply forcing the area residents to use the contaminated water and giving them serious health problems, significantly reduce their property values if they can sell at all, and all the while the gas company is making huge profits and has zero responsibility to correct or pay for any of their damage.
This has been going on year after year and finally because of so many speaking up there is a chance to change this policy.
Bill S. 587 in the U.S. Senate, the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act, will hold the natural gas drilling companies responsible for any environmental pollution caused by their operations.