U.S. Senator for Maryland and senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ben Cardin presented The FRESHER (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrolic-fracturing Environmental Regulation) Act that would force oil and gas companies to complete a detailed water management plan to address runoff pollution from entering streams in hopes to further protect water resources.
As the process currently stands, oil and gas companies benefit from 1987 and 2005 amendments to the Clean Water Act that exempt these companies from the permitting process for exploration projects.
Stated from Cardin, “Recent advances in technology have helped America become more energy independent than ever before. Our rise in energy independence has unfortunately come with the dangerous deregulation of oil and gas companies. With 15 million Americans living within a mile of a well that has been drilled in the last 15 years, the loopholes oil and gas companies enjoy threaten our environment and public health,” said Senator Cardin. “Oil and gas companies that already enjoy tax breaks should be required to follow the same laws to protect our water and public health as other industries. The FRESHER Act is a needed safeguard to ensure that oil and gas companies cannot pollute our water.”
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