Frack Target: Marcellus Shale
Water Resources at Stake: Monongahela River, Ohio River, Elk River, Little Kanawha River, Sutton Lake, Summersville Lake, Tygart Lake, Bluestone Lake
West Virginians have seen their fair share of disastrous energy extraction techniques – like mountaintop removal coal mining - but as the fracking boom makes its way to their home state, residents face a whole new set of problems. The gas industry is taking advantage of lax regulations in West Virginia to pump the streams excessively, sometimes until they are dry. And fracking-related activity was the suspected culprit in a toxic algae bloom that wiped out thousands of fish, mussels and other aquatic life in 35 miles of Dunkard creek – one of the most biologically diverse creeks in the state.
Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in and around West Virginia. Click on any fraccident to learn more.
Close Fracking Pollution Loopholes:
Tell Congress: It's time for them to stand up to industry and stand up for public health.
Thanks to exemptions from our bedrock environmental laws, oil and gas drilling operations don't have to follow the same rules as everyone else. Three bills introduced in Congress would change this: The FRESHER, BREATHE and FRAC Acts.
These bills would eliminate exemptions and loopholes in the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act being exploited by the oil and gas industry. Please ask your member of Congress to support these bills! Take Action.