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Your help needed to pass FRAC Act and hold drilling companies accountable for water pollution - Tell Congress to Close the Halliburton Loophole!

 
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Your help needed to pass FRAC Act and hold drilling companies accountable for water pollution - Tell Congress to Close the Halliburton Loophole!
All you have to do is fill in your info & hit SEND. Personalize it if you can, even if you just change a few words or capitalize some of them.
It's good to add a sentence at the beginning. I started mine with "I want clean water" and I add more sentances in the letter.


Tell Congress to Close the Halliburton Loophole!


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In 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed by Congress to make sure we have clean drinking water which is free from both natural and man-made contaminates. In 2005, the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill exempted natural gas drilling from the Safe Drinking Water Act. For each frack, 80 to 300 tons of chemicals may be used, though the Bush/Cheney Energy provision exempts companies from disclosing the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. This is now commonly referred to as the Halliburton Loophole.

A new bill, S.587, the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act, was recently introduced in the Senate. It would amend the SDWA to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing.

It is time to close the Halliburton Loophole. Please write to your Congressional representative and your senators today and ask them to support S.587 and require the disclosure of what chemicals are being used in fracking.

(Please personalize your message if you have the time!)
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Re: Your help needed to pass FRAC Act and hold drilling companies accountable for water pollution - Tell Congress to Close the Halliburton Loophole!
Here's what the already made letter says and it's disgusting. I don't see how anyone could NOT send this letter to their congressman:



As you know, S.587, the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act was recently introduced in the Senate. It would amend the Safe Drinking Water act to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing and require disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids.

It is time to hold the oil and gas production industry to the same standards as any other industry and protect drinking water. This loophole is a relic of the Bush Administration and must be undone to avoid further water pollution issues.

Hydraulic fracturing involves the injection of fluids, often containing toxic chemicals, into oil or gas wells at very high pressure. This practice takes place in 34 states, many which have already seen the negative effects that hydraulic fracturing can have on water supplies when unregulated. Scientists have identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, which even in low levels can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness, and in high concentrations can cause leukemia and death. The American Petroleum Institute stated in 1948 that "it is generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero." The water is also often laden with barium, which is found in underground ore deposits and can cause high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, swelling of the brain, and kidney damage; radium, a naturally occurring radioactive (and carcinogenic) substance; and strontium, which can disrupt bone development and may cause cancer.

State regulations for oil and gas production vary widely and federal oversight is needed to make sure that communities and public health are protected. Please support the FRAC Act to help make sure that oil and gas production is carried out in a responsible manner.
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More info here:


You Asked Congress for Help on Fracking, and They Heard You!

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Maybe try greenpeace
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I would think most of the idiots in CONgress are the major shareholders in Halliburton, the energy monopolies, and the whole military industrial complex in general.

Fascism is the melding of big business and big government. As long as millionaire lawyers and industrial globalists are "voted" into CONgress, you can forget about closing any corporate loop-holes.

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