Sign the Petition: Don't Frack Public Lands

CO Rocky Mountain National Park Molly Geppert

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Rocky Mountain is just one of many federal lands at risk from fracking.

One of the things that makes America great is our vast and cherished spaces. Millions of acres across our beautiful country are public, they belong to us — the American people. This land is your land! But this land, and many of our favorite iconic landscapes, are under threat from fracking.

The Obama Administration recently proposed new rules for oil and gas fracking on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — including those in the national forest system, and federal lands that are nearby many treasured national parks.

The BLM's proposed rules are weak, at best, and pave the way for corporate profits at the expense of our American treasures and essential resources. The BLM is seeking public comments on the proposed rules. Tell them Don't Frack Public Lands! Deadline for comments is August 23rd.

Please fill out the form below and edit the message as you wish. We'll add your name to the petition and submit the additional message to BLM as a public comment.

More on fracking and additional talking points

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 given 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.

The Bureau of Land Management's proposed rules contain many appalling flaws. Here are some additional points that you can include in your public comment:

  • The regulations would expand “trade secrets” loopholes, allowing well operators to avoid disclosing use of dangerous fracking chemicals.
  • The rule would require oil and gas companies to report only the chemicals they used that are not claimed to be trade secrets, and only after fracking had already taken place.
  • The rules provide little regulatory protection for air, water and climate. The regulations do nothing to protect people living near fracked wells from air pollutants that increase risks of cancer and respiratory illness. They do not protect residents from exposure to, or contamination by, the large volume of toxic wastewater that fracking produces.
  • There is no requirement to collect and disclose baseline data on air and water quality needed for effective regulation.
  • The rules even ignore the advice of the Obama administration’s own advisory board.
You can find even more talking points in our reports and fact sheets on our site: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/

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Bureau of Land Management: 

Comment: Document ID BLM-2013-0002-0011

I am calling for a ban on fracking on all federal lands. This land is our land and should be managed for the good of the people, not corporate profits for the oil and gas industry. The proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on Federal and Indian lands are too weak. The best way to protect our air, water, wildlife, climate and public health is simply to prohibit this inherently dangerous form of fossil fuel extraction.



I urge you: don't frack on federal public and Indian lands!

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