Support Frack Pack Legislation: BFC Alert
Aug20

Support Frack Pack Legislation: BFC Alert

Support Frack Pack legislation! Click here to take action!  View the full support letter here. Loopholes in major environmental protection laws allow the oil and gas industry to conduct fracking activities with no regard for consequences to air, water, climate, and public and environmental health. Important federal legislation has been introduced that would close loopholes in four critical statutes –– the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) –– and ensure that oil and gas production and waste disposal are held to the same health and environmental standards as other harmful industrial activities. Please act now to support this critical legislation! Buckeye Forest Council has joined with 205 other organizations to urge passage of these important bills. Please contact your federal legislators today to urge them to co-sponsor these bills: The FRAC Act (H.R. 1921, S. 1135) closes the loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that excludes hydraulic fracturing from SDWA’s Underground Injection Control Program (UIC). The UIC program is intended to protect underground sources of drinking water from endangerment, but a 2005 amendment expressly exempted fracking operations from the regulatory requirements of the SDWA/UIC permitting program unless diesel is used in the fracking fluid. This leaves sources of drinking water in more than 30 oil- and gas-producing states unprotected by the SDWA, even though hundreds of chemicals— many of them toxic and/or carcinogenic—are used during fracking. The FRAC Act would also require companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in fracking. The BREATHE Act (H.R. 1154) closes the loopholes in the Clean Air Act (CAA) that currently allow emissions of significant toxic air pollution from oil and gas exploration and production. Under the CAA, the comprehensive law regulating air pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency sets emissions standards for cars, factories, and other sources of air pollutants. The oil and gas industry, however, is exempt from the law’s requirement that the emissions of multiple related small sources under common ownership be aggregated to determine total emissions. As a result, wells and related facilities do not have to meet the same air quality standards for emissions of hazardous air pollution (including volatile organic compounds, smog-forming nitrogen oxides, and carcinogens) that other major sources of these dangerous pollutants must meet, even if they are closely sited and if their cumulative emissions are significant. The FRESHER Act (H.R. 1175) would close the loophole in the Clean Water Act (CWA) that endangers water quality from oil and gas production activities. The CWA is the foundational law that protects American rivers, streams, wetlands, and other waterways from pollution. Under the CWA, a permit...

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BFC Supports Save our Shawnee Forest
Feb20

BFC Supports Save our Shawnee Forest

GOVERNOR KASICH’S OFFICE PRESENTED WITH THOUSANDS OF PETITIONS CALLING FOR END TO STATE CLEAR-CUTS Video link to NBC4  Columbus, Ohio— On Wednesday, February 20th, local advocacy group Save Our Shawnee Forest (SOS) presented the Office of Governor John Kasich with more than 3,300 surveys calling for a stop to the state’s clear cut logging of Shawnee State Forest. “Shawnee has nearly 70,000 acres of the last, largest remnant of the imperiled temperate forest in public ownership.  It’s being seriously fragmented and degraded with logging activities. The state will never have another contiguous, native forest property as large. Save it now while we can,” said SOS member Barbara Lund as the surveys were delivered to the governor’s office. Save Our Shawnee Forest – working to protect Ohio’s largest state forest.  Please visit and find out how you can...

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