Representative Cory Gardner is attacking the EPA, claiming that regulations will mean job loss. Cory Gardner is not being responsible for generations to come.
Very few of these companies (if any) would regulate themselves. Mining pollutes our water supply with heavy metals like lead, arsenic, selenium, chromium and radioactive materials released into our environment.
We should have full disclosure of the chemicals used in drilling so communities know what pollutants they should have their water tested for when spills occur. A prime example was in 2008 when Cathy Behr in Durango, CO, an emergency room nurse, almost lost her life treating a man doused in fracking liquid. And the company would not tell the hospital what was in the fluid to save lives because it was a trade secret. That is the kind of irresponsible behavior we get from companies without regulations to protect us from contamination near gas drilling sites.
In Parachute, CO, hydraulic fracturing has left many toxic waste pools from the injection of toxic chemicals underground, contaminating the nearby river and the water there. Oil and gas development must be done in a responsible way that protects our water and our lands from this destruction. These companies have shown they will not do what is for the good of the many, so we must regulate them to stop their exploitation of the nearby communities and wildlife ecosystems.
I hope we reverse the misguided destruction of coal, oil, gas, uranium and nuclear by demanding accountability of harmful toxins and find new ways to make our process safer while creating new jobs. We need straight answers from the mining and utility industry about what they are going to do in the tradition of good stewardship, to clean up their processes and an EPA that regulates them.
Ruth A Remple