Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sign the petition: STOP fracking on our public lands!

Our national forests are being destroyed by dangerous fracking. Tell Congress to put an end to this and ban fracking on public lands now!
Dear MoveOn member,

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.

Can you join me in calling on Congress to ban fracking on public lands? Click here to sign the petition, which says:

We must preserve our public lands for the long run in order to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the health of our communities, and our precious climate.

I urge you to support and co-sponsor Rep. Mark Pocan's Protect Our Public Lands Act of 2015 (HR 1902).

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 AmericaĆ¢€™s 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.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–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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