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house Bill H.R. 4007

Should Oil & Gas Companies Have to Get Permits for Stormwater Runoff from Fracking?

Argument in favor

Oil and gas companies have been allowed to skirt around federal environmental safety regulations for far too long. Eliminating amendments that have weakened the Clean Water Act’s ability to regulate these industries is necessary to keep communities safe and ensure clean water for household use.

jimK's Opinion
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09/29/2019
The argument that fracking wastewater runoff has not conclusively been proven to be harmful is bull crap. I would argue that restrictions are required until wastewater runoff HAS BEEN proven not to be harmful. It has not been conclusively proven that being buried alive in a mountain of bull crap would be harmful but I will definitely skip jumping in until it is conclusively proven that it is not. Protect our environment, protect us.
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Hillary's Opinion
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09/29/2019
Water is life. Without clean water all life dies period. Oil companies have all ready proven that they are willing to destroy the planet for a little profit so they absolutely must be legislated into being transparent and honest.
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09/29/2019
Yes. Oil and gas companies must be regulated.
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Argument opposed

There’s not enough evidence to conclusively prove that fracking negatively impacts water quality. Without this, it’s premature for the federal government to change regulations around fracking. Additionally, given fracking’s importance to the U.S. economic competitiveness and national security, it’s important to be careful about placing limitations on this practice.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/29/2019
Democratic Environmental Influences in Action Again It Would Seem. There’s not enough evidence to conclusively prove that fracking negatively impacts water quality. Without this, it’s premature for the federal government to change regulations around fracking. Additionally, given fracking’s importance to the U.S. economic competitiveness and national security, it’s important to be careful about placing limitations on this practice. SneakyPete........... 👎🏻👎🏻👿👎🏻👎🏻. 9.29.19..........
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Bob's Opinion
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09/29/2019
They should be allowed to do what they want on their own property and be held responsible if they impact the property of others.
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JTJ's Opinion
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09/30/2019
This is just another political attack on the oil and gas industries.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Water Resources and Environment
    IntroducedJuly 25th, 2019
    The argument that fracking wastewater runoff has not conclusively been proven to be harmful is bull crap. I would argue that restrictions are required until wastewater runoff HAS BEEN proven not to be harmful. It has not been conclusively proven that being buried alive in a mountain of bull crap would be harmful but I will definitely skip jumping in until it is conclusively proven that it is not. Protect our environment, protect us.
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    Democratic Environmental Influences in Action Again It Would Seem. There’s not enough evidence to conclusively prove that fracking negatively impacts water quality. Without this, it’s premature for the federal government to change regulations around fracking. Additionally, given fracking’s importance to the U.S. economic competitiveness and national security, it’s important to be careful about placing limitations on this practice. SneakyPete........... 👎🏻👎🏻👿👎🏻👎🏻. 9.29.19..........
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    Water is life. Without clean water all life dies period. Oil companies have all ready proven that they are willing to destroy the planet for a little profit so they absolutely must be legislated into being transparent and honest.
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    Yes. Oil and gas companies must be regulated.
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    Chemicals used in fracking are secret. People whose wells that were impacted by fracking can light their water on fire ergo why wouldn't runoff NOT be restricted? Water is life. It must not be contaminated. Care about the plants, animals and, of course, humans first, not industry.
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    Please vote YES on the FRESHER Act of 2019. It’s appalling that fracking didn’t require these permits earlier.
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    Ban fracking, period. But yes, start with lots of permits for anything related to fracking.
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    Transparency of operations that may produce life-threatening toxins or have ecological system disruption should be evaluated, provided restrictions, and monitored.
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    Are you joking? Of course. Clean water is the most important thing we need to make sure everyone has access to. And if this is step one, sign me up.
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    As a person who has been poisoned by lead resulting in vast neurological problems, I can assure you that clean water & environment should be at the top of the list! If you won’t end fracking, then make damn sure the results of fracking do not impose health risks to the people. People over profit.
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    Of course. They should be no different than any other company.
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    Yes. All industry should pay for all of the expenses that their products have. For too long the oil companies have been able to ignore expenses related to extraction. The EPA had a good start on holding the industry accountable, but the Trump administration, with its gutting of the agency, has rendered it helpless. This legislation will start to help regaining that control.
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    Thank you Joanne. You said it all in 5 sentences. If fracking is poison, why isn't its runoff?
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    Protect our water and air! Please keep our environment survivable for current and future generations
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    Yes. This water is hazardous material. Fracking is an environmental nightmare. Companies that started fracking knew it was a problem from the onset, hence they lobbied the government- former President Bush and VP Cheney era - to pass the Halliburton loophole in the regulations which allowed companies to not have to disclose the chemicals being used due to “proprietary” concerns. If people knew what was being pumped into the ground and potentially contaminating water sources, it never would have gotten this far. Plus, a single fracking well consumes on average over a million gallons of fresh water to “fracture” the shale which is mixed with these chemicals.
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    How much pollution can they be allowed to do without restrictions? Please pass this.
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    This should be a part of the industry-to return back to the earth materials the same way they were received.
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    The permit process will mandate planning and point out shortcomings that need to addressed. Not doing so opens the possibility of disregarding realities that allow for pollution.
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    Yes. Protect our environment. Safeguard clean drinking water and clean air.
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    FRACKING IS THE BANE OF THIS COUNTRY. It’s ruining water & environment & also the structural integrity of our world. Kansas & Oklahoma never had an earthquake until FRACKING, since then - ex. 2015 there were 1,010 earthquakes. STOP FRACKING that would save our water from being destroyed- but at least this bill will help
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