Tell these presidential hopefuls you don't want fracking

These four presidential hopefuls need to ban fracking

Governor Cuomo in New York. Governor Christie in New Jersey. Governor O'Malley in Maryland. Governor Hickenlooper in Colorado.

What do these governors have in common? They're all in states that are fighting to ban fracking — and they're all planning to run for president in 2016.

We need to make it clear, if they support fracking now, their decision will come back to haunt them in 2016. Fracking for natural gas means millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids - a mixture of toxic chemicals, water and sand - into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock deep underground, and this process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health.

Let's send them a message that fracking isn't worth the risk to the citizens in their states... or to their political ambitions.

Sign the petition to tell these presidential hopefuls to ban fracking in their states.

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.
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Governor, please stop fracking!

Dear Governor, 

I urge you to protect our drinking water and our public health by passing a ban on on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in your state.

The news has reported that you're planning to run for President in 2016. I'm writing to let you know that I oppose fracking, and that I won't support a presidential candidate who has supported fracking.

Your state faces a choice: you can allow fracking, and put the well-being of your people and the environment at risk. Or you can ban fracking, and protect your citizens from the dozens of toxic chemicals that are used in the fracking process, protect our precious fresh water from over-use, and avoid a host of other ill effects that have already been felt by states where fracking is happening.

I urge you to do the right thing and ban fracking in your state.

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