Target: Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director for the Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Urge Principal Deputy Director Kornze to reconsider rules allowing the toxic practice of fracking to occur on wildlife refuges, national forests, or close to national parks.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed a set of rules that would allow big oil industries to conduct harmful fracking within national forests, directly next to national parks, and right alongside drinking water supplies on public land. Fracking is a method of digging for oil and gas that is extremely bad for the environment and leaves permanent damage. Urge Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze to reconsider this proposal, and instead make plans that help protect our important parks and forests.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the act of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure so as to fracture shale rocks and release natural gases inside. Currently, there are more than 500,000 active natural gas wells across the United States. Every site needs roughly 400 tanker trucks carrying water and supplies to the area. Between 1-8 million gallons of water and 40,000 gallons of chemicals are used per fracture. Those chemicals can include up to 600 different harmful substances. A pipeline is drilled approximately 10,000 feet into the Earth, and the fluids are forced down to the shale rocks containing natural gases. The waste fluids are left behind to evaporate, although this is also a problem because the chemicals in these mixtures can leak into water sources or return as acid rain.
With over 500,000 active fracking sites in existence, it should not be necessary to also destroy national forests or parks to find oil and gas. Urge the BLM’s Principal Deputy Director Kornze to rethink this latest proposal, and instead protect our important, national lands from devastating fracking.
Dear Principal Deputy Director Kornze,
I recently read about the latest proposal from the Bureau of Land Management’s office concerning fracking. It appears that drilling for natural gases and oils would be allowed in national forests, near public water sources, and directly next to national parks. Given the tremendous environmental damage that occurs at fracking sites, it seems like these areas should be protected instead.
Fracking is a process that involves drilling thousands of feet into the Earth, and forcing a combination of chemicals to release trapped natural gases. This harmful chemical mixture is then left behind to soak into water sources or evaporate in the air, causing acid rain. These are never ideal conditions, but especially not in national parks or forests, the lands that are supposed to represent America’s identity.
Please reconsider this latest proposal and save these lands from dangerous fracking.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: The Pinedale Field Office of the BLM via Wikimedia