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Legislation introduced in Congress to close drilling loopholes

By Bob Downing Published: March 14, 2013

From the eco-group Earthjustice:

WASHINGTON, DC–Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation today to close two of the loopholes that exempt the oil and gas industry from environmental laws. The BREATHE Act, introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) would close a Clean Air Act loophole and the FRESHER Act, introduced by Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA) would close a Clean Water Act loophole.

 

Specifically, the BREATHE Act would repeal a Clean Air Act exemption that allows the oil and gas industry to emit more than its fair share of toxic air pollution. It would also require the industry to control its poisonous emissions of hydrogen sulfide.

 

The FRESHER Act would eliminate a Clean Water Act exemption that allows oil and gas to sidestep the same stormwater runoff permitting requirements that other industries meet.

 

The following is a statement from Earthjustice Legislative Representative Jessica Ennis:

 

“We applaud Reps. Polis and Cartwright for leading the way to protect Americans from air and water pollution.

 

“For far too long, the oil and gas industry has been allowed to cut corners, dodging critical requirements of our bedrock environmental laws. And the American people have ended up with dirtier air and water because of it. These common sense pieces of legislation introduced today by Reps. Polis and Cartwright have one basic requirement: that oil and gas companies play by the same set of rules as everyone else.

 

“Today’s bill introduction comes not a moment too soon: people in dozens of states are struggling right now with the consequences of a fracking-enabled oil and gas drilling rush. Members of Congress must follow the lead set by Reps. Polis and Cartwright to restore critical environmental and public health protections all Americans deserve.”

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