I farm and ranch near Pavillion, Wyoming. Over the years, drilling has damaged and devalued our land and the land of our neighbors. The water has been contaminated and the air fouled.
My wife is losing her sense of smell and her sense of taste, my youngest son developed seizures, and I suffer chronic headaches and fatigue. The Environmental Protection Agency stepped in to investigate and released a draft report on the contamination. But now, the EPA has dropped its study. Along with my family and my community, I feel abandoned.
Families in Dimock, Pennsylvania, and Parker County, Texas, have similar stories. Over the past year, the Obama administration has ordered the EPA to shut down one fracking-related water pollution investigation after another.
I’m going to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to deliver these petition signatures directly to the EPA.
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