Saturday, February 23, 2013

The not-so-tight regulations in the fracking industry

Tell me again how fracking is safe because it's so tightly regulated!

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“The natural gas industry has exemptions or exclusions from key parts of at least 7 of the 15 major federal environmental laws designed to protect air and water from radioactive and hazardous chemicals.”

(NYT: Lax Rules for the Natural Gas Industry, March 3, 2011)

The following federal laws do not apply to the gas industry:

  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Superfund Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

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