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1 Mad Prophet Ludwig  Tue, Aug 31, 2010 3:53:47pm

This is absolutely people working towards our own destruction.

2 909Ghazis  Tue, Aug 31, 2010 5:51:01pm

They're trying to keep up with the natural gas industry.

Hydrofracking has enabled drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation to generate about 10 percent of US natural gas production, up from
1 percent in 2000. But it also is exempt from all significant national environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Superfund Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The most notable exemption, The Nation reports, was introduced by Vice President Dick Cheney as an amendment to the 2005 energy bill.

"The so-called Halliburton Loophole, named after Cheney's former employer and the company that pioneered the fracking process in the 1940s, stripped the EPA's authority to regulate hydrofracking through the Safe Water Drinking Act. Companies were essentially given free rein to drill however and wherever they see fit, and to use and dispose of proprietary fracking fluids without any disclosure or safety requirements. The only remaining shred of federal oversight was a voluntary agreement with the three largest companies not to use diesel fuel—which they proceeded to ignore."

Marcellus Shale

3 Interesting Times in Benghazi  Tue, Aug 31, 2010 6:13:15pm

re: #1 LudwigVanQuixote

This is absolutely people working towards our own destruction.

No kidding. This article makes me wish I could make fossil fuel execs suck the tailpipes of idling vehicles parked downwind from burning tar pits.

re: #2 nines09

To say nothing of people who, as a result of the natural gas industry's abuses, can set their own tap water on fire:

Tapwater Catches Fire After Natural Gas Drillers Move In


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