Stop dumping offshore fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico!

 
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The Trump administration has proposed that oil companies be allowed to continue dumping unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico but it seems this violates federal law (it also threatens marine wildlife, but- duh).

“In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 6 office on its proposed wastewater-discharge permit for offshore oil and gas drilling activities off the coasts of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi—where thousands of offshore drilling platforms are located—the Center for Biological Diversity explained that the proposed permit violates the Clean Water Act because it causes an undue degradation of the marine environment. The Center for Biological Diversity’s letter notes that ‘scientific research has indicated that 40 percent of the chemicals used in fracking can harm aquatic animals and other wildlife.'” 1

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But, once again, the EPA- who are supposed to protect ocean water quality- are simply turning a blind eye to what’s best for us and the environment.

The Center for Biological Diversity knows this because earlier in the year they requested information about the effects of fracking chemicals on Gulf water quality and marine life from the EPA, via a Freedom of Information Act request. In response, the EPA told them they didn’t have any “responsive records.” (That means the agency has been allowing the oil industry to dump its fracking wastewater into the Gulf without studying its environmental impacts, just as federal law requires. How this is allowed is beyond me. It’s also beyond all sound and rational judgment.)

“Federal waters off Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi host the largest concentration of offshore oil and gas drilling activities in the country. Previous records requests revealed that oil companies dumped more than 75 billion gallons of wastewater into these waters in 2014 alone.

At least 10 fracking chemicals routinely used in offshore fracking could kill or harm a broad variety of marine species, including marine mammals and fish, Center for Biological Diversity scientists have found. The California Council on Science and Technology has identified some common fracking chemicals to be among the most toxic in the world to marine animals.” 2

As you might imagine, the Gulf of Mexico is an important habitat for whales, sea turtles and fish and also contains critical habitat for imperiled loggerhead sea turtles. The fracking chemicals used raise serious ecological concerns because dolphins and other species in the Gulf are still suffering effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 7 years ago.

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We are hoping something in the law changes. We are also hoping that someone will wake up to the damage being done by fracking. We won’t hold our breath though.








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Sources and References

  1. Eco Watch, July 12.
  2. Eco Watch, July 12.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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  • Gracie

    Why blame the Trump administration for what the EPA has been doing for years? Think about it.

  • Mary

    I see your point, but we now only have President Trump and his decisions …. which are not good in the now:

    This article starts with :
    “The Trump administration has proposed that oil companies be allowed to continue dumping unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico…..”
    That is a NOW decision, Also….

    1. Trump is in the now, allowing fracking when Obama passed a ruling regulating it…..
    2. Trump gave the EPA seat to Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma . Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting to shut down the EPA – and now he’s heading it???

    From The Hill dot com, by Niv Elis:
    July 24, 2017 – 05:09 PM EDT
    Overnight Regulation: Trump looks to repeal Obama fracking rule…

    “….The Trump administration is proposing to completely repeal Obama-era standards governing hydraulic fracturing on federal land….”

    “….The landmark 2015 regulation set standards in areas such as disclosure of fracking chemicals and integrity of well casing….”

    “…The repeal is the latest in a long string of environmental regulations from Obama that Trump is working to undo….”

    “……Their rationale: Trump officials say in the proposal released Monday that the Obama regulation …. would cost the oil and gas industry up to $45 million a year to comply….”

    “……the case is now on hold due to the Trump administration’s reconsideration of the [Obama’s] rule….”. Repealing.

    So it is very much Trump’s responsibility and failure to do something about controlling it.