Condemn the Environmental Protection Agency for Endangering Animals

Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Protect animals from toxic chemicals found in wastewater from fracking

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently made decisions that will lead to livestock and wildlife drinking wastewater from fracking that contains toxic chemicals. Public Employees for Environmental Respobnsibility (PEER) have submitted public complaints against the EPA for these policies.

The EPA is now giving out permits for fracking without identifying the toxins and chemicals involved or setting limits on said chemicals. These permits are problematic even under the regulations of the EPA itself, which usually calls for very close examination of chemicals involved. Additionally, under the new policies the water does not need to be tested immediately after fracking, and instead can be tested much later after toxins might be flushed out.

Because of these new provisions, wastewater from fracking exercises is ending up in surrounding rivers and lakes. According to members of PEER, this can be extremely detrimental to nearby livestock and wildlife, who are drinking straight from these reserves of water. Without regulations that require regular maintenance and limits on levels of toxins, the water will become a hotspot for chemicals.

Although the number and type of chemicals that are used for fracking have been kept secret, it has been made clear that drinking fluids from fracking can be detrimental to the body. Potential chemicals that could be found in tracking fluids might affect respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular systems, and some chemicals are linked with cancer. Allowing animals to drink contaminated, unregulated water will likely lead to extreme illness and eventual death.

By signing the petition below you will be condemning the Environmental Protection Agency for prioritizing fracking over the lives of animals, and for failing to follow its own provisions about regulating toxins in water.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

Part of the job of protecting the environment is ensuring that toxic chemicals do not enter water systems, or do so in limited amounts. Your recent approval of unregulated fracking and of wildlife and livestock drinking from contaminated waters shows a blatant disregard for the health and protection of these animals.

I am writing you to ask that you change your policies regarding fracking fluids and stop issuing permits that allow fracking to take place without significant regulation on the chemicals involved. It has been made clear that the chemicals used for fracking are detrimental to those who consume them, and putting this fate on the livestock and wildlife nearby to these water sources is irresponsible. I am calling on you to increase regulation of chemicals released during fracking in order to continue protecting animals that could potentially be affected by these toxins.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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