If you’re not current with the issues surrounding the drilling and “fracking” of horizontal bores into deep Appalachian shale for the purpose of methane extraction, it’s important that we become informed NOW so that public involvement can bring this industry into compliance with the Clean Air, Clean Water and Clean Drinking Water acts.
The Haliburton Loophole exempted gas fracking (or hydro-fracturing) from these important regulations. Our ground and surface water is at stake.
Read my short overview article I’ve uploaded to Scribd.
Then go to the page where you can write your own or sign a prepared statement to your state lawmakers asking them to sign a bill that would close the Haliburton Loophole for the shale drilling industry.
You’re welcome to modify my statement if you’d like:
Dear Virginia Lawmakers,
Floyd County where I live is not located over Marcellus shale. But like mountaintop removal for coal, all of us are connected to the consequences of this new form of energy mining when we use the products in our daily lives.
I am concerned that the so-called Haliburton loophole is allowing unsafe practices that could cause very long term harm to our ground and surface water, air and human health.
Please do not let our energy supply come at the expense of our health or cause further depletion to our diminishing volume of safe water for drinking and agricultural use.
H.R. 2766/S. 1215 asks no more than that the shale oil drilling industry comply with the same standards that are incumbent on other extractive industries. Please close this loophole now for the people of the states where the drilling is already taking place, and for those of us who want to use the generated methane and its derivatives with a clean conscience.