Prevent a Major Toxic Waste Spill

Target: US Coast Guard

Goal: Protect US waterways from disastrous toxic waste spills.

The process of “fracking” for natural gas involves injecting water and toxic chemicals deep underground, to dislodge pockets of gas trapped far below the Earth’s surface. When chemicals used for fracking get into underground aquifers, they can contaminate drinking water for nearby communities. The fracking industry also creates another toxic mess: the huge volumes of contaminated waste water left over after the fracking process is over.

Storing, transporting, and disposing of fracking waste is a major environmental challenge, and some fracking companies are proposing methods that are anything but safe. Right now, natural gas drillers are proposing to transport fracking waste by barge, despite the fact that a single accident on a barge carrying such a toxic cargo could pollute whole ecosystems and water supplies. Sign the petition below to urge the US Coast Guard not to allow the transport of fracking waste by barge.

Chemicals used for fracking include substances that are known threats to human health and the environment, including carcinogens and heavy metals. Many of these would be almost impossible to remove if released into a major waterway. Because it would be so difficult to clean up, a fracking waste spill could be an even worse environmental catastrophe than an oil spill.

The US Coast Guard can deny fracking companies permission to transport their waste by barge, and this month is taking public comments on the issue. Sign the petition below to urge the Coast Guard to protect our waterways from toxic fracking waste.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear US Coast Guard,

Chemicals used during the controversial practice of “fracking” include known carcinogens and other substances hazardous to human health. A fracking waste water spill in a US waterway would be a major environmental catastrophe that would be almost impossible to clean up, but fracking companies want to risk our health anyway by transporting their waste by barge. Please, do not approve the proposal to allow  the transportation of fracking waste water by barge, and ensure the public never has to deal with a spill involving these toxic chemicals.

Despite all the precautions that can be taken, occasional barge accidents are an inevitability. The threat to the public from an accident involving a barge carrying toxic fracking waste is simply too great. Because a single barge can carry so much more waste water than a truck, the consequences of an accident would be that much more disastrous, and should not be risked.

Please, protect the public from a catastrophic fracking waste spill. Do not allow fracking companies to transport toxic waste on our waterways.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bosc d’Anjou

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  • jeff hopkins
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  • marine schmitt
  • Reiner Lindler
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  • Bernhard Völk
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