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Support Full Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

fracking_lgHydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a process used to increase production in oil and natural gas wells.  More recently, fracking has been used in combination with horizontal drilling through shale layers to reach previously inaccessible natural gas reserves. Large quantities of water and other fluids are pumped into the ground at high pressure, which causes rock to break and allows gas to be extracted.

Fracking fluids can contain known and suspected carcinogens, including chemicals linked to breast cancer such as benzene and toluene, which may contaminate underground water sources and aquifers. Waste water from fracking can contain these toxic chemicals, as well as naturally occurring salts, metals and radioactivity previously trapped in the rock formations. The high salt content (often bromine salts) can react with the chlorine in water treatment plants to create high levels of trihalomethanes, which have been linked to reproductive harm. Researchers have also found that ground and surface water near fracking sites has more endocrine disrupting activity than water from other locations.

Currently, there is no federal law requiring the  disclosure of what chemicals are being used in fracking, and state disclosure requirements vary widely. In addition, fracking is exempt from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) have introduced companion bills in Congress, the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (FRAC Act), that would remove the exemption for fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act and require disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking wells.

Please personalize the email below before sending to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Some fracking operations use chemicals that are known or suspected to cause breast cancer such as benzene and toluene. Communities have a right to know when these dangerous chemicals are being released into their environment.
  • While some states have stepped up to protect their residents with tougher state regulations, the federal government has a responsibility to protect everyone, regardless of where they live.
  • It is essential that the Safe Drinking Water Act have the ability to protect our nation’s water supply from all possible sources of pollution, including fracking.

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  • Your Senators
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Dear [Decision Maker],

As someone concerned about breast cancer, I believe individuals and communities have a right to know about cancer-causing and other toxic chemicals used in fracking. As a result, I urge you to support the FRAC Act (H.R. 1084 or S. 587), which would require companies to disclose fracking chemicals. In addition, the FRAC Act would remove the fracking exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act.



I urge you to cosponsor the FRAC Act. I look forward to hearing your views on this important issue.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]