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2012 Summer. Unregulated Hydrofracking

posted Jul 26, 2012, 11:41 AM by Lisa Ou
| from Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. An article relevant to GSS Energy Use chapter 3. Excerpt: ...Fracking has come under increasing public scrutiny regarding its environmental impacts, including concern over groundwater contamination, disposal of toxic flowback water, and the exploitation of freshwater resources. Regulation of the industry has been piecemeal and limited. While initially regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA oversight of fracking was terminated by a provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 known as the “Halliburton Loophole.”...Over the past two years, nine states have instituted or revised fracking regulations, and the intensity and effectiveness of regulations vary widely by state. In a symbolic move, Vermont banned fracking in oil and gas development in May. The state lacks natural gas resources of any significance, but the ban does extend to importing fracking waste water for treatment. New York has issued a temporary moratorium on high-volume operations while the state reviews the environmental repercussions that could be expected from further natural gas development.... Read more: http://www.fseee.org/index.php/component/content/article/1003000#fracking