127,000 tons of undisclosed hazardous emissions: oil and gas would join other industries, including coal, that already report to the Toxics Release Inventory; federal disclosure for O&G not yet required despite surge in fracking chemical pollution.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), along with 16 other local, regional, and national organizations petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to require the oil and gas extraction industry—including companies engaged in fracking—to report to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The oil and gas extraction industry has long used and released large amounts of TRI-listed toxic chemicals, and this has dramatically increased in the last decade with the rapid spread of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking’).
Today’s petition would finally make this information available for the first time to citizens, communities, and lawmakers. The full text of the petition is available online at http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/news_reports.php.
Joining EIP on the petition are the Natural Resources Defense Council, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, CitizenShale, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Earthworks, Elected Officials to Protect New York, Environmental Advocates of New York, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, OMB Watch, PennEnvironment, Powder River Basin Resource Council, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Sierra Club, and Texas Campaign for the Environment.”
— Environmental Integrity Project