Group wants oil, gas drillers to follow rules in U.S. West

March 27, 2009

An environmental group this week issued a report saying oil and gas companies have enjoyed exemptions to common sense anti-pollution federal rules that govern companies in other industries. This has led, the Environmental Working Group claims, to fouled groundwater, creeks and acres and acres of formerly pristine land in the U.S. West.

The report, “Free Pass for Oil and Gas in the American West,” contains county-by-county maps of what it says are examples of mismanagement of the oil and gas industry.

“Drilling companies regularly complain that environmental standards deny them access to sites where they’d like to drill,” the EWG said. “But the cratered landscape tells a different story.”

The report claims that 270,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled since 1980, and 120,000 of them since 2000.  Most of those wells are for natural gas.

The EWG says that these well have been drilled with waivers to federal environmental laws including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.


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I live in western Colorado in a county where drilling is on the rise and a waste pit is being proposed. It feels a little hopeless to protest as the commissioners are generally in support of the drilling. Are those who are concerned really have a voice here?

Posted by anne | Report as abusive

The problem with elected officials is they don’t have a clue what these two words mean: fracturing chemicals.

The problem with everyone is perhaps one in ten know what fracturing chemicals are.

The problem is we were not suppose to know. It was kept a secret then when the government thought their little secret was going to get out, they exempted fracturing chemicals so they would not interfere with their profitable ventures.

All of this at the expense of the environment which threatens humans, wildlife and aquatic life.

No education? Start learning what is in over 500 toxic fracturing chemicals. Diseases would drop if fracturing chemicals were banned. Has your water been tested for over 500 fracturing chemicals? Do you know what is in those toxic chemicals? No one is going to protect you and this is up to local communities to work together to get the job done: Ban toxic fracturing chemicals. No change will be made until the voice cries across the USA. You can be part of that voice or you can put blinders on and enjoy what life you have left before you die from chronic exposure to natural gas exemptions in water and air.

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