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Coalition demands EPA withdraw from oil and gas wastewater pact

Pact threatens transparency and the environment

Guardians and 17 allies today called out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for entering into an illegal agreement with the state of New Mexico that could open the door for oil and gas industry wastewater to be dumped into streams.

The coalition argues that the EPA acted outside of the public interest, failed to notify the public, and did not provide an opportunity for public involvement on this issue—actions that violate federal law.

Oil and gas industry wastewater is so toxic that it can’t be treated and reused (unless it’s reused for more fracking). EPA is studying the issue, but there remains little understanding of what oil and gas industry wastewater contains and how it could affect human health and the environment.

Read the press release.


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