For my white paper topic, I would like to investigate the topic of hydraulic fracking further. After doing this week’s readings, I think that the U.S. is in dire need of regulations and government pressure for companies in the area of natural gas drilling. Companies need to have some kind of coroporate responsibilty for the surrounding environments they are affecting through the process of fracking. The government needs to take action and give companies guidelines for environmental performance. Companies should be held accountable for their actions in order for their to be a change in the industry. As of now, companies like Chesapeake are getting away with causing public health problems in their local environments.
After looking through some databases, I came across the GreenFILE which focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment. I found an article titled “The Future of Fracking” that was published on July 1, 2012. The article is full of current information about the industry. It says that “Concerns about toxic air emissions from previously unregulated fracking sites led to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement on 18 April 2012 of new and updated air pollution regulations for these facilities and certain other elements of oil and natural gas production and transmission. Under the final rules, companies have until January 2015 to fully phase in the control measures needed; by comparison, the initial proposal called for a 60-day phase-in for many major requirements” (Fracking 2). The article makes it clear that these regulations are huge milestones for the industry but many are disappointed that more wasn’t done. The EPA chose to not have the new rules apply to existing wells which makes it difficult for states to regulate their older gas wells. The EPA should have applied the regulations to these old wells if they wanted to make a change to the industry.