Well, this should go over really well…
The Environmental Protection Agency, in all its infinite wisdom, has decided that it is A-OK for wildlife and livestock to consume the toxic wastewater left over from fracking activities by oil and gas drillers. According to EcoWatch, millions of gallons of this wastewater is pumped for consumption, with the EPA issuing permits for the process “without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used.”
Discharge permits have been proposed which would allow the water to be released near the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. These permits lack any requirements to protect the animals which may consume the water.
“Under the less than watchful eye of the EPA, fracking flowback is dumped into rivers, lakes and reservoirs,” said PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “Gushers of putrid, grayish water encrusted with chemical crystals flood through Wind River into nearby streams.”
I have written extensively on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is commonly called. Fracking has been banned in many places around the globe already, but it’s going to be an uphill battle to stop the practice altogether. Sadly, even the Sierra Club has fallen under the spell of gas drillers, as their natural gas outreach director believes that fracking Can Be ‘Done Right.
When you see articles or hear news reports about fracking, do not accept the claims of it being safe without doing your own investigating. Even with only a tiny amount of research, one can find plenty of studies showing just how dangerous and toxic it is, for animals and humans alike – never mind the earthquakes that have been linked to the practice.
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