December 15, 2009
U.S. Rep. Chris Carney said it's still too early to tell whether the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act is needed.
According to Carney's office, it's a bill that's in committee. The legislation would repeal a Bush administration exemption provided for the oil and gas industry and would require them to disclose the chemicals they use in their hydraulic fracturing processes, according to information on the Web site of U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. Currently, the oil and gas industry is the only industry granted an exemption from complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Web site notes.
During a town hall meeting last month in Canton, Joan Gustin of Burlington Township had asked Carney about his position on the FRAC Act.
When asked for comment regarding his stance on the FRAC Act, Carney's office issued the following formal statement from Carney:
"Ensuring our community has safe drinking water in the midst of our natural gas boom is of significant* concern to me and my staff. I supported legislation this year that directs the Environmental Protection Agency to further study the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water and to determine whether the process requires federal oversight. I look forward to reviewing that analysis."
*Wouldn't you feel a lot more comfortable about Carney if he understood the VITAL need for safe drinking water, for all Americans... regardless of what else is happening???
Wouldn't you feel better represented by someone who understood that safe drinking water was more than a "significant" concern?
Write to Congressman Carney! Tell him safe drinking water is of the UTMOST concern. Tell him you want him to support the FRAC Act! Remind him of all the reasons it's not too soon to act on behalf of Life Itself! ...the contaminated wells, the methane in the water in Wyoming, the house that exploded in Ohio, the cows that died in a Louisiana pasture, the poisoned wells in western Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, Kansas, Montana, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming, the fish kills, stillbirths, birth deformities, the birds that died of exposure to hydrocarbons in sludge pits, the 2-BE and other chemical contaminants, used in drilling, linked to series of illnesses... the cumulative radioactivity...
"I am also working closely with the state Department of Environmental Protection to assure better oversight at the state level and ensure that the agency actively investigates complaints. The Marcellus Shale has provided our community with a tremendous economic opportunity, but the state must be more vigilant in establishing and enforcing its own regulations.
Tell him that's not good enough!
"It is too early to tell whether the FRAC ACT is necessary. We must work with the enforcement mechanisms already in place and not rush to add another layer of bureaucracy."
Use the link in left sidebar to contact Congressman Carney today!
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