Everyone Deserves Non-toxic Drinking Water

annie sartorBy Annie Sartor, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator

What would you do if the drinking water your family depends on was contaminated by known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors because of nearby fracking operations? 

The drinking water in Parker County, TX, Dimock, PA, or Pavillion, WY is contaminated by toxic fracking fluids. Residents in these towns are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure their water is safe. Problem is, the EPA is failing at its job. Even though initial EPA reports showed possible contamination, the agency abandoned their investigations months ago. Today, activists just like you across the country are standing with the residents of these communities – join us!

Take Action Now – Call EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and urge her to re-open investigations into drinking water contamination.

Over 700 chemicals are commonly used in drilling and fracking for oil and gas. Of these, dozens are listed as “chemicals of concern” because of their link to myriad health harms, and several are known carcinogens or endocrine disruptors that have proven links to breast cancer. These chemicals find their way into our water supply. 

I know many people think, “But I don’t live near a fracking site!” The truth is that fracking potentially impacts all our health. Fracking operations are rapidly expanding across the country –over 15.3 million Americans live within one mile of a well that has been drilled since 2000. And because fracking chemicals can leach into underground aquifers and contaminate rivers and streams, even more of us are vulnerable to water contamination –  just like the residents of these three communities.

Stand up for all of our health, participate in today’s day of action, and call EPA Administrator McCarthy today!

Take action today with thousands of activists across the country to demand that the EPA fulfill their responsibility to protect our drinking water in these three communities and across the country. 

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