Petition to Ban Fracking in California

Culver City Fracking Rally.jpgIntensive new drilling and fracking has come to California.

Fracking an oil or gas well means injecting millions of gallons of fluid -- typically a mix of water, sand and chemicals -- at a pressure high enough to fracture underground rocks and release oil or gas.  The practice is leaving a legacy of air and water pollution in communities across the country, and contributing to global climate change.

Now, the oil and gas industry is targeting natural gas fields in the Sacramento Basin and oil fields in the San Joaquin, Santa Maria, Ventura and Los Angeles Basins. If industry succeeds, generations of Californians would pay the environmental and public health costs.

Sign the Petition to let the Governor know that you want to Ban Fracking Now!

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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Petition

Governor Jerry Brown:

Please support a ban on fracking in California. 

I urge you to protect our drinking water by implementing a ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

The toxic results of using hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas have led to the contamination of drinking water, air pollution, and property damage. In order to protect our essential resources, we need a ban on fracking now!

I urge you to protect your constituents by calling for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

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