Ban Fracking in Erie County, NY

Protect your water, air and food by signing the petition to ban fracking on Erie County-owned land!

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," injects millions of gallons of fracking fluid — a mixture of nearly 600 chemicals, plus water and sand — into a well to crack open rock underground and release natural gas. The process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment, and threaten public health.

As we continue to work toward a statewide ban, cities are stepping up to protect themselves at the municipal level. In 2011 Buffalo led the way as the first city in New York State to ban fracking locally. Soon Ulster and Albany Counties passed their own prohibitions on fracking, and now Erie County must join in by banning fracking on county-owned land, and banning fracking's chemical-laden wastewater.

Please sign the petition below. We'll deliver your signature and additional message directly to your elected officials.

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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I urge you to protect our drinking water by implementing a ban on hydraulic fracturing on county-owned land, and prohibiting fracking waste from entering the county.

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