THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005:--AMENDS a loophole to THE SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT.It authorizes oil and gas drillers, exclusively, to inject known hazardous material, unchecked, directly into or adjacent to underground drinking water supplies.--increases direct spending by $2.2 billion -- reduces revenues by $12.3 billionThe energy task force and a 100 million dollar lobbying effort on behal
f of the industry, were significant in the passage of this.
"This bill exempted fluids used in the natural gas extraction process of Hydraulic fracturing from protections under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and CERCLA. It created a loophole that exempts companies drilling for natural gas from disclosing the chemicals involved in fracking operations that would normally be required under federal clean water laws. The loophole is commonly known as the "Halliburton loophole" since former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was reportedly instrumental in its passage. The proposed Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act would repeal these exemptions." Wiki