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Written in Consultation: 09/19/12, 10:52:41 by jonathan  | Print article  | View all categories.
STOP THE FRACKING|jonathan|1348077161|in 2005, Vice-President Dick Cheney asked his cronies in the energy industry what they wanted, and they got their wish: the Halliburton Loophole, which exempts fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

But that’s not all. Fracking is also exempt from laws that govern disposal of toxic waste!

But if you want to know which of these potentially deadly chemicals Big Oil is pumping into the ground near your home -- tough luck! Federal law doesn’t require oil and gas companies to disclose what chemicals they’re using.

In the past five years, ExxonMobil, Shell and other energy companies have drilled more than 200,000 new wells across the United States -- many virtually in the backyards of tens of thousands of Americans. And they’re chomping at the bit to drill more.

Call on the President to build on his environmental record by standing up to the oil giants and putting the brakes on their reckless drilling spree.

In the meantime, NRDC will be providing expert legal assistance to cities and towns on the frontlines of this battle -- empowering them to ban or restrict fracking if they so choose.

But make no mistake: we must mobilize now for tough national rules that will stop fracking companies from running roughshod over our communities and health.

Please send your message to President Obama right away. And thank you for standing with NRDC.

Frances Beinecke
Natural Resources Defense Council