Center for Biological Diversity

Tell the EPA: Keep Diesel Out of Our Water

Hydraulic fracturing
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Diesel and drinking water just don't mix, and this is our chance to tell that to the EPA.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a dangerous drilling technique done by blasting millions of gallons of a chemical-water-sand mixture deep into the Earth to break up rock formations and harvest oil and gas.

Waterfowl, fish and imperiled species like the California condor are hurt by fracking and the industrial development that comes with it. Fracking also emits methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, and opens up new areas for fossil fuel development when a rapid transition to clean and renewable energy should be our number one priority.

In 2005 a law known as the "Halliburton loophole" exempted toxic chemicals that are used in fracking -- like arsenic and lead -- from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act with the exception of diesel fuel. The EPA has just asked for public comment on how it should regulate the use of diesel fuel in fracking.

Diesel is highly toxic because it contains poisonous chemicals like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. Please use the form below to tell the EPA you support an immediate ban on fracking with diesel.

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Read more about water contaminated with fracking fluid here.

Photo of hydraulic fracturing.

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