Sunday, July 14, 2013

EPA - Is There Really an Environmental Protection Agency in Washington?

Clearly the EPA has sold out, lost its scientific foundation, and is no longer representing the interests of the public upon whose taxes it feeds.  In an inconceivably irresponsible move that comes on the heels of its recent decision to abandon an important fracking impact study, the EPA issues formal approval for millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling rigs for consumption by wildlife and livestock.  Contrary to its own regulations, EPA is issuing permits for surface application of drilling wastewater without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, let alone setting effluent limits for the contaminants contained within them.

The truly unconscionable thing about this is that the people who are using this water are farmers driven to desperate measures by drought conditions which were most likely related to fracking in the first place....and here's the kicker...many of them are Native Americans.  When will we ever stop abusing these people?  Perhaps we should start a petition to kick them all out and start a real EPA.