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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Safe Drinking Water?

Please call Senator Casey and Senator Toomey’s offices TODAY – and urge them to vote YES on Senator Gillibrand’s Amendment (#48) to close the Halliburton Loophole and allow the US EPA to regulate fracking (hydraulic fracturing) under the Safe Drinking Water Act. (It got exempted years ago, paving the way to the gas industry's flagrant water violations associated with fracking.)

· Closing the Halliburton Loophole would allow EPA to provide a minimum federal standard to protect drinking water, prohibit drinking water contamination, and ensure better scientific understanding of the threats of fracking.

· According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, approximately half of the total U.S. population and 95% of our rural population obtain drinking water from underground water sources. Federal regulation is essential to ensure that there is a consistent federal standard to prohibit endangerment of drinking water sources.

Senator Casey
DC office: (202) 224-6324
Toll Free: (866) 802-2833
Pittsburgh: (412) 803-7370

Senator Toomey
DC office: (202) 224-4254
Pittsburgh: (412) 803-3501