Say NO to shipping fracking waste on barges

Bridge over the Ohio RiverWhen companies drill wells to frack for oil and natural gas, the process creates millions of gallons of wastewater that's laden with toxic chemicals. Now, the Coast Guard is considering allowing this hazardous waste to be shipped on barges on the Ohio River. Barges are not nearly safe enough for transporting such a dangerous substance.

Tell the Coast Guard: keep fracking waste off our rivers!

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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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Oppose the shipping of fracking wastewater on barges

Dear Michael Roldan and U.S. Coast Guard, 

I urge you to protect our rivers by rejecting the proposal by GreenHunter Water to ship fracking wastewater on barges down the Ohio River.

I urge you to protect the Ohio River and all our nation's rivers by opposing the use of barges for shipping fracking waste.

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