Washington, DC – Today, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the FRESHER Act (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydraulic-fracturing Environmental Regulation), a companion bill to H.R. 1460, in the Senate. This bill would remove the current permitting exemption under the Clean Water Act for storm-water runoff for oil, gas, and mining operations. Senator Cardin introduced this bill in response to the misleading headlines resulting from the release of the EPA’s hydraulic fracturing study last week. Despite headlines saying otherwise, the study confirmed that drinking water has been contaminated by fracking.
In response, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, issued the following statement:
“In light of the limited scope and findings of the EPA’s hydraulic fracturing study, due in large part to oil and gas industry interference, introducing the FRESHER Act in the Senate is prudent and necessary to protect the health and safety of anyone living near a fracked well. An industry that is causing harm to hundreds of thousands of people does not deserve to have special exemptions, especially when that very industry is actively blocking any attempts to be directly monitored for safety. We should take a precautionary approach to anything that has been shown to contaminate our precious water resources, and closing this loophole is a good start.”
Contact: Ryanne Waters, [email protected], 202-683-4925