UPDATE: Sec. Salazar announces that his department is "maybe a month or so out" from announcing regulations that could require gas companies to disclose the chemicals used is horizontal fracking.1
Horizontal fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of chemical-laced water underground to release gas pockets trapped in seams of rock.
But exactly which chemicals are used and how well they are disposed of is a mystery, thanks to loopholes bought by millions of dollars in lobbying and donations to elected officials.
Unsurprisingly, horizontal fracking has almost always been accompanied by serious health and environmental crises in nearby communities, and without disclosing the chemicals they use, scientists are unable to link ground, water and air contamination to their secret cash cow.
Sign our petition to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to force full disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking operations:
To Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar:
We, the undersigned, demand the Department of Interior force natural gas drilling companies to disclose all chemicals used in horizontal fracking fluid so scientists may accurately test for contamination and communities can have sufficient information to determine whether they want to permit fracking near them.
Sincerely, the undersigned.
1.Salazar: Natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing rules on way soon. Jennifer Dlouhy, Fuelfix.com, 10/5/2011