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 27786 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments (Optional)
27786 1 week ago Anonymous Richmond, VA
27785 1 month ago j. Woodworth Newman Lk., WA
27784 4 months ago Anonymous Rockville, MD
27783 5 months ago Sandra Schott Whitefish, MT
27782 7 months ago Tamar Dick Catasauqua, PA
27781 7 months ago Sharon Fong Truckee, CA
27780 8 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 8 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 10 months ago Lola Misirlic Belgrade, ot
27777 10 months ago tammy luppino winchendon, MA
27776 10 months ago Dagmar Grabsch Berlin, DE+16
27775 10 months ago annemie vervoort hagfors,
27774 10 months ago Lorraine Wardley preston,
27773 10 months ago Misty Schell Winnipeg, MB
27772 10 months ago kARINA tarpinian TARPINIAN MARSEILLE, CA
27771 10 months ago Suzan Toma Sittard, ot
27770 10 months ago mandi t Los Altos, CA
27769 10 months ago Mark Bastian Eltopia, WA
27768 10 months ago manuela wolter san-jose, IA
27767 10 months ago Alexandr Yantselovskiy Vyshneve, ot
27766 10 months ago TRESSA MARIE Medina, OH
27765 10 months ago Esther Wolk Medford, MA
27764 11 months ago Joy Chambers Worcester, MA
27763 12 months ago Marsha staiger alexandria , VA Stop cracking now
27762 12 months ago Norm Seavey Gardner, MA It is the last straw for anyone to destroy natural beauty here in the United States for Profit. Signed Norm , Native American of The Great Northern Nations
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