Important New Fracking Legislation Introduced
On March 15, U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, and Maurice Hinchey introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act of 2011, a new house bill that would require the disclosure of all the toxic chemicals used in the unconventional hydraulic fracturing industry process under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
“The FRAC Act provides an incredible opportunity to protect wildlife habitat and human health from toxic chemicals. Hunters, anglers, conservationists, and local communities are concerned about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water quality, wildlife, and critical habitat. This legislation moves us toward responsible natural gas development. Exploration should not be done in a way that puts public health and wildlife habitat at risk from exposure to toxic chemicals,” said Todd Keller Senior Manager of Public Lands Campaigns for National Wildlife Federation.