New U.S. law could allow oil spills and chemicals from fracking to be discharged into the ocean

NEW YORK — New U and W.S.-backed legislation could allow hydraulic fracturing to be used on federal lands, allowing oil and gas companies to discharge waste into the Chesapeake Bay, a key source of drinking water for millions.

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is sponsoring the bill, the First Water Protection Act, which has been introduced in Congress by Reps.

Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Raul Grijalva (D, Ariz.).

The bill would allow fracking wastewater to be injected into water aquifers on federal land.

The bill is being sponsored by Reps Steve Cohen, Raul Grijalvas, and Ronna McDaniel, and co-sponsored by Reps Debbie Dingell, R-Mich., and Al Green, D-Texas.

Cohen and Grijallva have been outspoken supporters of the drilling boom that has transformed the oil and natural gas industry in the U.K., the U