Target: Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Goal: Reject new fracking proposals in Ireland
Recently, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed a ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, until a thorough environmental study could be completed. The ban forbids oil companies from beginning fracking procedures until there is evidence that the process will not pose significant health risks to Ireland’s citizens, animals, and environment.
Ireland’s EPA does not need much evidence to prove that fracking is indeed dangerous for all living things. In order for oil companies to extract natural gas, a large amount of chemically-rich water is pumped into the ground to break up tough bedrock. Once broken, the rocks release gas which is then extracted by rigs above ground.
While seemingly innocuous, this process is actually very hazardous. Fracking unleashes massive amounts of chemicals into the earth around the broken bedrock. The chemicals then seep into drinking water, contaminate soil used for growing crops, and leak into major rivers. Once ingested, these hazardous substances are detrimental for both flora and fauna: trees whither and die and animals fall severely ill. There are terrible effects on humans as well. In the United States, citizens living near fracking sites have reported organ damage, organ failure, and an increase in cancer diagnoses. Needless to say, fracking is a very unsafe procedure.
People, wild animals, and plants should not suffer and perish because we need cheap energy. Ireland must begin investing in sustainable options such as wind and solar power. Natural gas will do nothing but sicken and pollute the country. Urge the Irish EPA to continue the ban on fracking and protect Ireland’s health and safety.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
Fracking is a terrible process that does nothing but sicken and kill living things. I urge you to continue the ban on this harmful process and prevent oil companies from compromising the health and safety of Ireland’s citizens.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the process of fracking releases massive amounts of chemicals into the ground water, soil, and rivers. If the chemicals are ingested, the effects are devastating: organ damage, organ failure, and cancer have all been reported in areas near fracking sites in the United States. These health problems lead to intense pain and, in many cases, death.
This outcome is unacceptable. Ireland’s citizens should not suffer because oil companies want cheap energy. The government should be investing in more sustainable sources, such as solar and wind power. There are far fewer hazards associated with wind mills and solar panels, and these sources will last for many years to come.
Please do not lift the ban on fracking in your county. The health and safety of your people is at stake. Thank you.
[Your Name Here]
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