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Democracy For America delivers 82,000 signatures to Congress

August 14, 2011

On August 13, lawmakers in the House and Senate received a 350 page petition from citizens across the country in support of the “FRAC ACT,” (Fracking Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act) a bill sponsored by Senator Robert Casey (D, PA) which would restore the gas industry’s accountability to the Safe Drinking Water Act.  In 2005 the industry was granted exemptions from over a dozen major federal laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Superfund Law, The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Community Right to Know Law.  This package of controversial exemptions was buried deep in an energy bill and forced through Congress.  It came to be known as “The Halliburton Loophole.”

The Halliburton Loophole has had dire consequences for the environment and the health of the American peope.  It has given the gas industry carte blanche to contaminate our air and water without regulation or oversight.  The FRAC Act, if passed, would only restore accountability to the Safe Drinking Water Act, leaving the other exemptions intact.

To learn about the Haliburton Loophole in greater detail visit ProPublica.

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