Tell Congress: Don't Rubber Stamp Fracked Gas Exports!

Congress: Ban Fracking Exports

UPDATE — Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House, which would fast track gas exports. Committee hearings are underway (3/31/14).

UPDATE — An amended H.R. 6 passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. (4/30/14).

The oil and gas industry and some in Congress are using escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia to push President Obama to dramatically expedite the approval of U.S. exports of natural gas. But exporting gas abroad means:

  • more fracking in the U.S., putting our drinking water, air, climate and health further at risk
  • higher gas prices here at home, reversing industry claims that fracking creates energy independence
  • bigger oil and gas industry profits as they sell gas to the highest abroad - most likely Asia, not Ukraine.


Instead, Congress should work to transition the U.S. off fossil fuels through proven clean energy solutions.

Please take action below, urging your Members of Congress to stop the export of oil and gas and invest in renewables. We'll deliver your signature and additional message directly to President Obama, your U.S. Senators, your Representative and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Learn more about fracking

Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources.

To frack a well, operators mix millions of gallons of water with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, and then pump it all into the earth at extreme pressure to try to break up rock formations so oil and natural gas might flow.

Drilling and fracking:

  • require millions of gallons of water for each well, competing with farmers for local water supplies.
  • produce massive amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste with no good disposal options.
  • contaminate sources of drinking water as a result of disposal problems and the thousands of leaks and spills every year.
  • can lead houses and water wells to explode, due to contamination from methane and other harmful gases.
  • bring untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services.
You can find more information in our reports and fact sheets on our site: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/

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Dear [Decision Maker],

The escalating tensions between the Ukraine and Russia should not be used as an excuse for increased liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.

Gas exports cannot help the current situation in the Ukraine, because it would take years for our export facilities to be able to process the volumes of gas proposed for overseas sales. And S. 2083 and H.R. 6 would fast track exports of U.S. LNG.



In order to protect our communities, our economy and the health of Americans, I urge you to reject oil and gas exports and invest in renewable energy instead.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]