Mining waste is often toxic. And thanks to lax oversight, past and present, it is too often dumped directly in water or where it threatens water.
Virtually all our mining work affects water resources, but we have two high priority areas:
The fight against irresponsible drilling is practically synonymous with protecting clean water.
The exact consequences of drilling on water is unknown, in part because industry fights efforts (including ours) to pass the FRAC Pack to close the Halliburton loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act. The FRAC Pack would require public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing toxics, and allow the EPA to regulate hydraulic fracturing.
Unfortunately, despite the lack of public disclosure, there is widespread anecdotal evidence — polluted drinking water wells that appear in association with new drilling in the area – that concerns are real.