The Environmental Protection Agency, which has gone through a process of deregulation under the Trump administration, is now the center of controversy for allowing fracking companies to dump waste material into the Gulf of Mexico.
A lot of concern centers around the general lack of oversight and regular reporting about the amount of toxins in the water by the organizations tasked to monitor the waste levels. According to a report by the Independent
The Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a formal notice of intent against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), arguing the practice endangers sea turtles, whales and other marine life.
It comes just months after the EPA finalised a Clean Water Act that allows oil companies to offload unlimited amounts of waste into the ocean basin.
“The Trump administration is letting the oil industry turn our oceans into toxic-waste dumps. The EPA's supposed to protect water quality, not help pollute the Gulf,” said Kristen Monsell, a senior attorney at the Centre for Biological Diversity in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “It's time for the courts to remind this agency that its mission is to safeguard the environment and public health.”
The CBD argues the practice was approved without properly evaluating the risks to already imperilled species native to the Gulf. They believe it is in direct violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.
Federal waters off Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi host the largest concentration of offshore oil and gas drilling activities in the country, according to the CBD.
We will have more on this story as it develops. In the meantime, check out the video below on the effects of fracking.