Target: Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Condemn governor’s decision to allow hydraulic fracking in California
Recently, the U.S. has taken a keen interest in the potential prospects of hydraulic fracking. Massive deposits of natural gas lay hidden as you drill deep into the planet, pockets of fuel that were previously unreachable. Fracking involves blasting these deep places with enormous amounts of water and toxic chemicals under intense pressure, which then allows advanced machinery to collect the newly accessed gas in a way that is consistent with more traditional methods of fossil fuel collection.
As you might imagine, this process can be highly taxing on the subterranean environment, resulting in groundwater contamination as well as surface and air pollution, not to mention a devastated landscape. Fracking, in many ways, can galvanize this planet’s seismic activity and therefore anthropogenic earthquakes may be a side effect of this dangerous practice. All told, hydraulic fracking places a heavy toll on the land, water, and surrounding population.
Gas and oil companies so adamantly support this method because it provides fuel domestically for a fraction of the price of foreign energy, but at what cost? Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation into law that allows oil and gas companies to conduct hydraulic fracking throughout California so long as they disclose every toxic chemical that will be used. But the toxicity limits of these compounds were largely established by studies that were funded or carried out by the gas and oil companies’ scientists, which seems fishy at best. That leaves too much room for exploitation. Other areas of the U.S. have fallen victim to similar pseudoscience and now parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia have been utterly devastated in the wake of hydraulic fracking. Unless we want to see California in a similar situation, we must demand further regulation, at the very least, from Gov. Brown.
Please take a moment and tell Jerry Brown that inexpensive fuel should not come at the cost of California’s health and well being. He has already accepted more than $2.5 million from oil and gas lobbyists, most of which went directly to his future campaign fund, so while we have a lot to overcome, every voice of opposition counts. Together we can enact meaningful change to ensure a better future for all generations to come. Demand stronger regulation of hydraulic fracking today.
Dear Gov. Jerry Brown,
We the undersigned urge you to reconsider your position with regards to hydraulic fracking. This method of energy extraction produces untold environmental detriments and is a known cause of major pollution in other parts of the country; California will not be immune to these effects. Please do not continue to allow wanton exploitation of California’s shale through hydraulic fracking. Push for legislation and policies that would require oil and gas companies to undergo much more thorough screening procedures and limit the amount of extraction that can take place annually.
Hydraulic fracking has led to severe groundwater contamination in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the proposed areas that would be affected in California are surrounded by much more densely populated cities and towns than the sites on the east coast. Please help prevent potentially life threatening health problems and extreme environmental destruction by regulating hydraulic fracking under intense scientific scrutiny.
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