By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director
Clean Water Action works on drinking water because we believe that the nation ought to act like drinking water matters.
Polls show people think drinking water matters. But when it comes to our activities like, growing food, building cities and towns, and producing energy, we don’t implement our health and environmental laws or control the impacts of our activities to truly prevent threats to our drinking water. Things would look a lot different if we did.
“Fracking” shouldn’t be exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, but Congress did just that in 2005. They only left one exception – when diesel is used. Now, in order to make sure hydraulic fracturing operations comply with the one part of our major drinking water law where they have to, permitters need guidelines. They should be strict. That’s why EPA’s draft guidance about hydraulic fracturing operations using diesel is a no-brainer.
And think about what it would look like it we really put drinking water first.
For more on putting drinking water first, check out Preventing Tomorrow’s Drinking Water Problems Today: It’s the Least a Superpower Can Do.