Don’t Release Fracking Waste in Niagara Falls

Target: The Niagara Falls Water Board

Goal: To stop the Niagara Falls Water Board from striking deals with natural gas companies that would allow the release of hydraulic fracturing fluid into the local water system.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it has become known, is a method of extraction in which high powered, pressurized liquids are used to break down rock layers to release substances like petroleum, natural gas, or any other material hidden deep inside the Earth. The liquids used for extraction are mixtures that can include sand, gravel, ceramics and various chemicals.

Studies have shown that in the areas where fracking has occurred groundwater appears to have a variety of different pollutants including toxins, carcinogens, heavy metals and methane. Furthermore, fracking runs the risk of air pollution, well blowouts, and fracturing liquid spills. However, government officials claim that there is no evidence of contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing.

While chemical concentrations in fracking liquids are low, the chemicals tend to increase when mixed with hydrocarbons released from the treated rock formations. Because of this, the wastewater by-product of fracking is full of various contaminants and should not be released into any water systems.

Currently, The Niagara Falls Water Board is meeting with gas companies to decide whether or not to allow fracking fluids to be processed by treatment plants. The Niagara Falls Water Board has no right to give gas companies the “ok” to release fracking fluid into the water stream in order to be processed by the Niagara Falls Treatment Plant. The chemical concentrations are too high and the plant does not have the resources to treat this wastewater.

The water from this area impacts a large portion of the country and contamination would be devastating. Any instance of hydraulic fracturing should be paused until research is completed and the release of the liquid by-product is out of the question. Sign the petition below to stop the Niagara Water Falls Board from allowing gas companies to release hydraulic fracturing wastewater into the Niagara Falls water supply.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Niagara Falls Water Board,

It has come to my attention that you have been meeting with natural gas companies to decide whether to allow them to release hydraulic fracturing wastewater into the Niagara Falls water system to be processed and treated. The water in your area reaches out to a large community and the risk of contamination is too high.

Over the past few years studies have shown that heavy metals, methane gas, carcinogens and toxins are all apparent in fracking fluid. I understand that wastewater treatment plants are not suited to filter out such high volumes of chemicals. Although it might be lucrative to begin processing these fluids, it is in no way safe and does not consider public safety.

I ask you respectfully not to be persuaded by gas companies by agreeing to process hydraulic fracturing fluid. The chemical concentrations in the wastewater are too high and therefore public health is at risk. The people in your area do not deserve to have potentially contaminated water under any circumstances.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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