August 26, 2015

Veteran St. Louis Activist Threatens to Sue EPA

Our group and others are filing a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding immediate action to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. We’ll like file a federal lawsuit in 60 days.

Statement of Laura Barrett of St. Louis, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment and Justice

“Our group, CHEJ, and others are filing a legal notice today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding immediate action to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. We’ll likely file a federal lawsuit in 60 days.

The oil and gas industry is growing by leaps and bounds.  EPA must do its job and update and enforce these vital regulations. Our water and air are threatened by toxic waste from the improper storage of fracking wastes while corporate polluters are allowed to run wild. Homes, small businesses, and low income and indigenous communities are being laid to waste by an industry that is virtually unregulated.”


Statement of Lois Gibbs, Founder, Center for Health, Environment and Justice

“For public safety, EPA must update its woefully outdated 25+ year old regulations on the fast growing oil and gas industry.  I have been called the “Mother of the Superfund” because of the work that I did to get relief for children and families poisoned by toxic wastes in Love Canal.  We won relocation for over 800 families because President Carter and EPA finally stepped up.  The EPA must act now before more rural, indigenous, innocent communities are destroyed.”

More information is available here.