Right now, our national forests and public lands are open to dangerous fracking. But I think we shouldn't let the oil and gas industry destroy these treasured places for private profit.
Fracking has already caused serious damage to our public lands and precious climate. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land, and over 200 million more acres are currently being targeted for drilling—even areas that surround Americaâs most precious National Parks and monuments.1
There is no amount of regulation that can make fracking safe. Regulated fracking still results in harm to people's health, accidental spills of toxic waste, air pollution, earthquakes, drinking water contamination, habitat destruction, and worsening climate change.
In addition, the Government Accountability Office reports that the majority of high-risk oil and gas wells drilled between 2009 and 2012 have never been inspected.2 Public lands, nearby communities and our planet are paying the price.
The only way to protect the health of our communities, the integrity of our land, and the future of our planet from the risks of fracking is to ban fracking altogether.
Sign the petition to ask your members of Congress to ban all fracking on federal lands and co-sponsor Rep. Mark Pocan's Protect Our Public Lands Act of 2015.
–Sarah Alexander, Food & Water Watch
1. "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of... Fracking?," The Huffington Post, July 1, 2015
2. "Interior Dept.: High-risk oil, gas wells checks lack funding," Business Insider, September 15, 2015
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