The 2005 Energy Bill, written behind closed doors under the oversight of then-veep Dick Cheney, contained a loophole exempting companies from reporting over 500 toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking,” to extract natural gas.
Now, EPA is under a congressional order to investigate this practice, which reportedly has resulted in some Pennsylvania residents being able to light their tap water on fire, and children in northern Texas suffering from asthma attacks, dizziness, open sores, and nausea.
EPA requested in September that 9 large gas companies voluntarily submit information on chemicals used in the process. Eight have complied; one has not, and EPA is having to subpoena the information. The refusenik? Big surprise, it’s Halliburton.