Posts Tagged ‘fracking and water pollution’

Fracking Chemical Disclosure

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

From Reuters:

I cannot understand why so many in the gas industry fight the disclosure of the fracking chemicals they use and also fight federal (EPA) oversight.  There are companies that voluntarily list their chemicals, but the industry trade associations seem to be on the wrong side of this fight.

You can argue until you are blue in the face that the chemicals are safe and cannot affect the water supply 5000 feet into the ground. You can argue proprietary formulas.  You can argue that environmental extremists are helping to shape the debate.  But the people who live in the communities where the shale gas is drilled want assurances that their water supply will not be contaminated.  Fighting with them over their concerns instead of working with them will simply delay development.