Natural Resources Defense Council and vassal fundraising groups say oil and gas companies might be dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. Might be? They have no evidence but are suing anyway? Don't be shocked, the NRDC spends its $100 million per year primarily on lawyers and they have to be doing something with them.
Lest you think, 'Oh, the EPA will not like this, it will create friction between them and anti-science activists', that isn't true either. There is an almost absolutely certainly that this section of the EPA, firmly in the politicization of science camp, has prearranged this with well-paid lobbyists at NRDC, so they can settle out of court with a predetermined agreement. Then the Obama administration will say it is not them penalizing poor people by causing energy costs to rise, it is the courts.
After all, they did that with canoers and it is how they were able to declare too much water a pollutant - when it annoyed rowers who wanted a river to be tamer.
We're all for clean water and standards are good - but we have those, especially for the recycled water that has been shown to be harmless. What NRDC wants is to put a halt to the industry by banning it until any water landfills or ponds are removed and then liners are put in. Then they will tie up the construction of the liners in court to prevent those.
“Oil and gas waste is extremely dangerous—yet the EPA admitted decades ago that federal rules are inadequate to protect the public,” said Matthew McFeeley, attorney at NRDC in their statement - because all science at NRDC is done by lawyers and political science majors. “The scary truth is that right now this waste—complete with carcinogens and radioactive material—is being dumped irresponsibly or disposed of like everyday household garbage. Toxic waste should not be sent to run-of-the-mill landfills, sprayed on our roads and fields, or stored in open air pits.”
NRDC told EPA it has 60 days - so look for obigatory articles in the New York Times and Mother Jones agreeing with this effort. Those corporations can't afford to lose all of the full-page ads NRDC buys.
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