Urgent Action: Oppose SB411, PA Acid Mine Drainage Bill
URGENT – Call your PA Senator from now through Tuesday!
Oppose PA SB411, the Acid Mine Drainage in Fracking Bill!
Please call or email your Pennsylvania State Senator right now to tell him or her not to vote for PA SB411.
SB411 provides overly broad immunity to drillers, letting them off the hook if they pollute streams or soil with highly toxic fracking wastewater, as long as that toxic waste includes any amount of AMD (acid mine drainage) water.
What’s worse, proposed gas rules now open for public comment would allow untreated AMD to be stored in open freshwater impoundments used in fracking and drilling. But those impoundments are not designed to hold hazardous liquids, adding another way that this pollution can be let loose into the environment.
Please email or call your PA State Senator now. The vote is expected today, Monday, Jan. 13th, but keep calling through Tuesday because anything can happen.
Update: 11:30 AM Monday Jan. 13th: The critical vote belongs to State Senator Vincent Hughes, the Senate Minority Leader. Please call Senator Hughes’ office and ask him to vote no on SB 411, because companies shouldn’t be allowed to profit off of pollution.
Call Senator Hughes now: (717) 787-7112
To find your Pennsylvania State Senator click here.
The Bill, as currently amended, can be found here.
Please ask your family and friends to call too!
For Talking Points and more information and analysis go here.
Don’t be confused!
As if to add further badly-timed confusion to the fire, StateImpact PA just published an article this morning, on the day of the vote, singing the praises of using Acid Mine Drainage water to reduce radioactivity in fracking wastewater!
While the science is interesting, in practice the benefits are theoretical, with other potential consequences left unexplored. Worse, unfortunately the StateImpact piece concluded with a brief reference to the Acid Mine Drainage bill (SB411). which implies the acid mine drainage bill is purely beneficial. The StateImpact piece ignores the raging controversy, fails to mention the fierce statewide opposition to the bill among residents of fracking regions and among at least 27 environmental organizations, including Protecting Our Waters.
Let’s be clear. The bill is written by the fracking industry and its friends to ensure that they get more power and control, save money, and have less liability for their actions… while “framing” the bill as pro-environmental. It’s a Trojan Horse.
In addition to letting polluters off the hook for damage they cause as long as AMD water is used in the waste that causes the damage, and in addition to the clauses allowing dangerous and inappropriate storage of AMD, SB411, according to Delaware Riverkeeper Network, “would spread polluted water from coal mines into our aquifers and into the fracking business. It is being described as a ‘beneficial activity’ but is really a perversion of the PA Environmental Good Samaritan Act.”
Please call now to oppose SB411. Then, if you like, join 2100 petition-signers here and join 140 “Thunderclap” users here, to maximize the power of the internet… after you’ve maximized the power of your own voice with that crucial telephone call.
Thank you for all you do!