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Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a form of natural gas extraction that has existed for decades. However, when energy companies began to combine fracking with horizontal drilling, natural gas production in the United States increased by more than thirty percent in just seven years.

While major energy companies and the federal government insist that the process is safe, local governments and environmental groups have expressed major concerns over the risks of fracking, which include: groundwater contamination, drought aggravation, increase of seismic activity (as a result of injecting wastewater into the ground), and health risks for humans, pets, & wildlife.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently introduced a new energy plan that includes stricter regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public and Native American land. However, the new plan does not go far enough, and does not address many of the key dangers of the fracking process.

Tell Secretary Jewell it's time to end the oil and gas industry's stronghold on public policy and to support a strong renewable energy agenda.

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Dear Secretary Jewell,

While I appreciate the steps you have taken to strengthen regulations for hydraulic fracturing, it is clear that your final rule does not do enough to curtail the environmental and health damages that result from the fracturing process.

You rely heavily on individual states to protect the environment and public health — but state officials have proven that they value corporate interests over the concerns of their own citizens when it comes to hydraulic fracturing. A judge in Pennsylvania, for instance, upheld a gag order that prevented physicians from warning the public about the health risks associated with fracking. More recently, Ohio's Supreme Court ruled that municipalities have no say regarding drilling that occurs within their own borders, with a strong dissenting opinion that suggested the decision was influenced by campaign contributions.

Furthermore, you show concerns over water contamination resulting from wastewater disposal, but ignore the U.S. Geological Survey's conclusion that ground injection of wastewater induces earthquake activity in non-seismic zones. Worse, analysis of conditions in the western contiguous United States predict some areas will experience the worst drought seen in a millennium, yet fracking companies continue to siphon billions of gallons of water from some of the most affected areas.

You say that each decision you make is driven by the responsibility you feel for your grandchildren's generation, so I ask you this: Will your grandchildren need water to drink, and clean air to breathe? Will they require stable tectonic plates on which to build their homes? Will your grandchildren, thirty or forty years from now, benefit from your commitment to the ongoing success of the oil and gas industry? Will any of us, those who do not invest in oil and gas, benefit from your continued endorsement of deadly fossil fuels?

If you truly care about future generations, you will take a stand against an industry that so clearly values profit over the continued sustenance of our planet and the life thereon. Tell the oil and gas industry that it's time for a new change in climate, and that renewable energy is the way of the immediate — not distant — future.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Sep 22, 2017 Ann Slaton
Sep 22, 2017 Lucia Sanford
Sep 21, 2017 Linda S Emmel
Sep 19, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 18, 2017 Melinda Matheus
Sep 18, 2017 Lisa MacAllister
Aug 31, 2017 Barbara Salem-McCarthy
Aug 31, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Aug 31, 2017 Cathy Hoffman
Aug 27, 2017 shelley stevens
Aug 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Aug 15, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 11, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Aug 11, 2017 James Painter
Aug 11, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 10, 2017 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 10, 2017 Theresa Crovello
Aug 10, 2017 John Atkins
Aug 9, 2017 m bradburn
Aug 8, 2017 Joey Lynn
Aug 8, 2017 Margo Salone
Aug 7, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 6, 2017 Carole Wilmoth
Aug 6, 2017 Jeanne Bentley We need to stop fracking immediately and work on alternative energy methods that will protect our environment
Aug 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 5, 2017 Kathleen Dumond
Aug 5, 2017 Patrick Carraher
Aug 4, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Jul 31, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Jul 31, 2017 Suzanne Ursula Lebon STOP KILLING THE PLANET! PLS SIGN Trump is Mentally Ill+Must Be Removed
Jul 28, 2017 Kristina Arabaca
Jul 25, 2017 cathy conner
Jul 25, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby Don't believe what the companies are telling us!!
Jul 23, 2017 yvonne Ryder
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 carol gagnon
Jul 22, 2017 karine tremblay
Jul 21, 2017 Val Simmons
Jul 21, 2017 Brenda Smith
Jul 20, 2017 Michèle Haudebourg
Jul 20, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 20, 2017 Janice Cooper
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull

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