Tell the EPA: Stop Dumping Fracking Waste into the Gulf of Mexico


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For every 1000 signatures, NationofChange will send a letter to the EPA, demanding that they reject the proposal that would allow for unlimited fracking wastewater to be dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.

[Update 3/16/17: We have sent the first letter to the EPA with 1,000+ of your signatures. We will continue to send letters every 1,000 signatures. Thank you!]

NationofChange is standing with the Center for Biological Diversity in their efforts to convince the EPA to reject a proposal that would allow for unlimited dumping of fracking wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico.

The proposed permit “violates the Clean Water Act because it causes an undue degradation of the marine environment.”

We, along with the Center for Biological Diversity, believe that EPA’s consideration of the permit does not take into account how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife.

Here is the full release from the Center for Biological Diversity:

Proposed Permit Threatens Sea Turtles, Fish, Other Gulf Wildlife

ATLANTA— An Obama administration proposal to continue allowing oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of offshore fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico violates federal law and threatens endangered marine wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity warned over the weekend.

In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on a proposed wastewater discharge permit for offshore oil and gas drilling activities in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Center explained that the proposed permit violates the Clean Water Act because it causes an undue degradation of the marine environment. “The permit allows the unlimited discharge of produced wastewater, including the unlimited discharge of chemicals used in offshore fracking and other well-stimulation treatments,” the letter noted.

“The EPA is endangering an entire ecosystem by allowing the oil industry to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and drilling waste fluid into the Gulf of Mexico,” said Center attorney Kristen Monsell. “This appalling plan from the agency that's supposed to protect our water violates federal law and shows a disturbing disregard for offshore fracking’s toxic threats to sea turtles and other Gulf wildlife.”

Today's letter also points out that the EPA is relying on a 33-year-old study of waste fluid produced by offshore platforms, despite the drilling of more than 450 wells in the area since 2010 alone. The letter urges EPA to adopt a zero-discharge requirement for produced water and fracking chemicals, as is required under other offshore drilling permits.

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 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.

Fracking chemicals raise grave ecological concerns because, among other factors, the Gulf of Mexico is important habitat for whales, sea turtles and fish, and contains critical habitat for imperiled loggerhead sea turtles. Dolphins and other species in the Gulf are still suffering lingering effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

 As explained in the letter, the EPA is proposing to allow oil companies to discharge fracking chemicals without even knowing how much fracking has, or would, occur in the Gulf by relying on data from 1988. Information recently obtained by the Center indicates that oil companies were permitted to frack more than 1,200 times from more than 600 wells from 2010 to 2014 alone. And the agency is relying on more than 30-year-old data to estimate the volume of produced water to be discharged.

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  • Ruth Neuwald Falcon
  • Tell EPA to disallow unlimited fracking wastewater to be dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Tell EPA to disallow unlimited fracking wastewater to be dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Comply with the law. It really is not that complicated, if ordered to break the law by management, follow the proper procedures for reporting misconduct within the corporation, if the corporation is insistent on law breaking report it to the appropriate authorities, if the authorities are breaking the law report it to the media.
  • Tell EPA to disallow unlimited fracking wastewater to be dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Tell EPA to disallow unlimited fracking wastewater to be dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Stop poisoning water and air. We need clean water and air for all to live and your polluting it for profit, this must stop before there is no longer any safe water to drink.
  • Davinia Hernández Gómez
  • Wendy Forster
  • yo pere
  • Water in all its forms IS LIFE … otherwise we’d be on other planets or dead already. Only our Red Brothers and Sisters seem to know this AND want to share with everyone while many white people just want to kill them and pollute their water and steal what little land Whites have left the Redpersons (truly egalitarian tribes who can always find ways to work with each other to protect what few rights Whites left them when stealing everything they could get their greedy & shortsighted hands on). I saw Casa Grande when I was five years old and have felt the many blessings of First Nations People through to the present. I am now 70.

    PLEASE consider sense & sensibility over greed & feigned ignorance. Our Mother Earth really is the only planet we can live on just as we are!


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