Clean Water Action joined the Environmental Intergrity Project, and 15 other local, regional, and national organizations to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the oil and gas extraction industry—including companies engaged in fracking—to report to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The oil and gas extraction industry has long used and released large amounts of TRI-listed toxic chemicals, and this has dramatically increased in the last decade with the rapid spread of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”).
Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action's National Campains Director says, “Inclusion of oil and gas sector pollution data in the Toxics Release Inventory is long overdue, and will provide people the information they need to protect their health, their drinking water, and their communities.”
Today’s petition would finally make this information available for the first time to citizens, communities, and lawmakers. The full text of the petition is available here.
About the Toxics Release Inventory