Halliburton Loophole

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Special report: How the U.S. government hid fracking’s risks to drinking water

  Most mornings, when his 7-year-old son Ryan gets up for school at 6:55, Bryan Latkanich is still awake from the night before, looking online for another home in some part of Pennsylvania with good schools and good water. Six years ago, Latkanich signed on to let an energy company tap natural gas beneath his property by pumping water, [...]

PA Congressman launches frack waste investigation

The state’s new acting secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection, Dana Aunkst, has lots of questions to answer regarding how the state oversees frack waste disposal and transportation. On Wednesday, Congressman Matt Cartwright, a democrat from Schuylkill County, sent Aunkst a 3-page letter seeking information as part of an investigation into how states monitor [...]

Report faults EPA for failing to regulate fracking with diesel

A new report out today reveals natural gas drillers could be using diesel to frack wells without the mandated federal permits. Unlike other chemicals used in gas drilling, Congress requires extensive oversight if diesel is present. The so-called Halliburton Loophole in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempts chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing from federal [...]

Report: Halliburton waste violations could warrant criminal investigation

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection made public a $1.8 million settlement with Halliburton over 12 years of waste mismanagement at a site in Homer City, Indiana County. The company — known for the so-called  “Halliburton Loophole” that exempts hydraulic fracturing from federal oversight under the Safe Drinking Water Act — racked up 255 violations [...]

NEPA Congressman Introduces Bill to Close Gas Loophole

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Lackawanna County, has introduced a bill to end an oil and gas exemption to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which was passed back in 1976 establishes standards for proper disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA tracks industrial wastes from “cradle to grave.” But when it comes to [...]

Federal Legislation Aims to Close “Fracking Loopholes”

Pennsylvania Representative Matthew Cartwright (D-17) has introduced legislation to remove oil and gas industry exemptions from the federal Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Cartwright is from Scranton, and his district stretches over six counties including Schuylkill, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, and Northampton County. The “FRESHER” Act would remove federal regulatory exemptions related to storm water [...]

Environmental Groups Petition EPA Over Fracking Disclosure

Environmental groups from across the country have signed on to a petition asking the EPA to include the oil and gas industry in a national database of chemical releases. The Toxics Release Inventory requires companies to report the quantity of chemicals that end up in the air, water, land, landfills, and treatment facilities. Congress established [...]

Senator Casey Introduces Bill to Support Natural Gas Powered Vehicles

Senator Bob Casey has introduced a bill aimed at increasing demand for natural gas. The STATE Natural Gas Act would create a competitive grant process through the Department of Energy to fund public and private investments in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure. StateImpact Pennsylvania recently reported on the challenges to natural gas vehicle development, including [...]

EPA Issues New Guidelines on Fracking with Diesel Fuel

The EPA has proposed new guidelines for states on issuing permits to drillers who use diesel fuel as a component in fracking oil and natural gas wells. The EPA is forbidden from regulating fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act, unless it involves the use of diesel fuel. “The draft guidance outlines for EPA permit [...]

Burning Question: What Would Life Be Like Without the Halliburton Loophole?

Dick Cheney Speaks At The American Enterprise Institute

Our most popular Burning Question, as voted on by  StateImpact readers, is one that came from Howard Weissman. Weissman wants to know what the impact would be if federal regulations that apply to other industries were applied to the natural gas industry. Here’s Howard’s query: Even though I don’t live in Pennsylvania (I’m in Delaware) I [...]

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