Protecting everyone from gas drilling water pollution
Natural gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing injects millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals underground to break up shale and release gas. The negative impact of this rapidly developing industry has overwhelmed communities. Negative effects include: drinking water contamination, industrialization of farm and forest land, increased land erosion, and runoff of nutrients and sediment from drilling operations.
Based on the numerous quality of life issues resulting from this, the Coalition supports the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act). We also support the EPA and Department of Energy studies on the impact of hydrofracturing and rulemaking to prevent further water quality degradation from this practice.
Workgroup priorities include:
- Formal support for the U.S. Forest Service Draft Management Plan, including a ban on horizon fracturing at George Washington National Forest in Virginia
- A formal response to the EPA’s proposed new Diesel Fuel Guidance policy
- Information exchange between jurisdictions
- Pursuing funding support for the president’s proposed $45 million interagency research and development initiative looking at the impact of shale drilling and production