Protect National Parks from Toxic Drilling

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Pinedale Field Office of the BLM via Wikimedia

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6 Comments

  1. Aad Bontenbal says:

    Hereby I URGE you Nature-polluters: This grand scale pollution by fracking really can not go on indefenitly ! With this Mother Earh’s inhabitants will pay a high price on their health ! Because there are bettere and cleaner ways to produce energy. So stop this eco-unfriendly practises now,before it is really too late !!!

  2. There are people out there who think fracking is fine…anything to keep the oil glut running full tilt. After all our economy is centered around Big Petroleum..right? I’ve never gotten any extras from the petroleum industry

  3. Robert Pound says:

    WAKE UP America to this threat by big oil and gas that will pollute our ground and surface waters with unknown TOXIC chemicals, push climate change as bad or worse than coal, and destroy property values near fracking sites as well, due to un- drinkable water!! Oh, and it also causes EARTHQUAKES!!

  4. Lissette McDonald says:

    Why not leave earth alone and start looking in outter space? Fallen astroids have proven to maintain such elements that are needed, so why not invest in space minning rather then destroying earth by drilling on land and in sea. If everyone knows the cause and effects then why proceed with such actions to harm our home? There are scientist , and other sources that I am sure can help create or find the elements without having to damage earth. Why not plan smart and invest a little more; in the long run you will profite out of it while maintaing earth safe. Be a hero while making money .

  5. ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

  6. National Parks are sacred areas and must be protected at all costs – isn’t that the point?

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