Organic Consumers Association

Tell the President and the BLM: Don't Frack America’s Public Lands!

In his recent speech on climate change, President Obama announced his intent to rapidly increase domestic production of oil and gas. Part of his plan? To cooperate with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to open 600 million acres of Federal and Native American land, including our national parks, for fracking.

Please sign the petition below by Aug. 23, 2013. Tell the BLM: Don’t frack America’s public lands!

Also, on Aug. 21, please join hundreds of thousands of Americans for a national call-in day to President Obama. Call the President at 1-888-660-2594 and ask him to protect our public lands from fracking.

Most of the lands targeted for fracking are managed by the BLM, a federal agency that recently revised, and significantly weakened, its rules for fracking on public lands.

We should be protecting America’s cherished public lands, open spaces, historic structures, archaeological sites and iconic landscapes for future generations, not defiling them. These resources represent our shared history and an irreplaceable part of our national heritage.

But if President Obama and the BLM get their way, these cherished lands will be treated as nothing more than a commodity, to be exploited for profit by greedy, profit-hungry oil and gas companies.

Recent reports suggest that fracking is contaminating our groundwater with arsenic and other heavy metals. Is that the legacy we want to leave our kids?

Our only chance to stop President Obama and the BLM is to speak out, loud and clear, in large numbers.

Here are two ways you can help:

•    On Aug. 21, you can join Americans against Fracking for a national call-in day to President Obama. Call the President
at 1-888-660-2594. You can tell him: “Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. We need to ban fracking now.”

•    Until Aug. 23, the BLM is seeking public comments on its proposal to weaken the rules for fracking on public lands. Please sign the petition below by Aug. 23 asking the BLM to ban fracking on public lands, not weaken existing rules.

Fracking and farms cannot co-exist, as we’ve heard over and over from farmers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, West Virginia and Colorado - farmers whose lives and farms have been ruined by fracking’s methane emissions and toxic chemicals. As one farmer explained, “We depend on good water for our cows, our crops and our own health. Once you mess up your groundwater, you can’t fix it.”

Natural gas and oil development is already the second-largest contributor to greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S. The climate change footprint of natural gas, once the extraction process and the resulting methane is factored in, is worse than coal. (Methane is a greenhouse gas that is up to 105 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide).

According to the U.S. Energy and Information Administration, if we pursue natural gas as a central component of our energy portfolio as planned, we’ll suffer an increase in temperature of approximately 7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2060.

These are our lands! It’s time to send a clear message to President Obama and the BLM: Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. 

1-25 of 27787 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments (Optional)
27787 2 weeks ago shawnda jarvis alexandria, IN
27786 1 month ago Anonymous Richmond, VA
27785 2 months ago j. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA
27784 5 months ago Anonymous Rockville, MD
27783 6 months ago Sandra Schott Whitefish, MT
27782 8 months ago Tamar Dick Catasauqua, PA
27781 8 months ago Sharon Fong Truckee, CA
27780 10 months ago Jean Truesdae Fort Myers, FL It's a terrible idea and not the legacy you will want to leave as the way you are remembered.
27779 10 months ago Luana Conley CA We cannot continue dirty energy. It is killing us. Production efforts and research must go to clean energy, not oil and gas and coal.
27778 11 months ago Lola Misirlic Belgrade, ot
27777 11 months ago tammy luppino winchendon, MA
27776 11 months ago Dagmar Grabsch Berlin, FL
27775 11 months ago annemie vervoort hagfors,
27774 11 months ago Lorraine Wardley Preston,
27773 11 months ago Misty Schell Winnipeg, MB
27772 11 months ago karina tarpinian gLENDALE, CA
27771 11 months ago Suzan Toma Sittard, ot
27770 11 months ago mandi t Los Altos, CA
27769 11 months ago Mark Bastian Eltopia, WA
27768 11 months ago manuela wolter san-jose, IA
27767 11 months ago Alexandr Yantselovskiy Vyshneve, ot
27766 11 months ago TRESSA MARIE Medina, OH
27765 12 months ago Esther Wolk Medford, MA
27764 12 months ago Joy Chambers Worcester, MA
27763 1 year ago Marsha staiger alexandria , VA Stop cracking now
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