Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Add weight to the petition calling for immediate limits on fracking pollution
A coalition of 64 local, state, and national groups have filed a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for immediate pollution limits to be set for fracking operations. Citing the Clean Air Act, the coalition calls on the EPA to fulfill its obligation under this legislation and demands that oil and gas companies control toxic air pollution from fracking wells to protect human health. Sign this petition to add weight to the coalition’s argument.
The practice of fracking—with all its controversial tags—has been found to release extremely hazardous chemicals into the air. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, severe birth defects and respiratory disease. With more than 150 million US citizens living in areas already being drilled or in areas where drilling is being considered, it is time for serious action to be taken. The EPA needs to curb the amount of pollutants released by fracking operations as a matter of urgency.
If the 100,000 tons of toxic air caused by fracking every year don’t worry you, the fact that 45,000 new wells each year are being projected to be built should. This will increase the amount of toxins in the air dramatically unless we call on the EPA to clamp down hard on drilling companies. Formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and methanol are just some of the dangerous chemicals that are being spewed into the air as a result of fracking.
Fracking is already a controversial subject, but the links to serious health conditions and the predicted rise in wells poses a huge problem for the health of US citizens. It is time for the EPA to regulate fracking operations with strictness and haste to ensure that the effects of gathering this energy are as minimal as possible. Sign this petition to support the coalition of 64 groups in their plea to the EPA, and help to stop serious fracking pollution.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
I write in support of a petition that has been issued to the EPA regarding placing limits on fracking pollution. The 64 groups who collaborated on this petition are calling for the EPA to exercise its authority under the Clean Air Act to protect American lives from the hazardous chemicals released in drilling for oil and gas. I, too, ask that you use your powers to place strict regulations on fracking pollution.
Fracking pollutants have been linked to serious health problems such as cancer, birth defects and respiratory disease. With over 150 million people living near an active or proposed drilling zone, the potential consequences must be taken into serious consideration.
The number of drilling wells is also predicted to increase by up to 45,000 per year. The magnitude of hazardous chemicals, which at present numbers around 100,000 tons of toxic air per year, will only increase and this increase will be extortionate. That is why this issue is so critical: Severe health issues on a massive scale must be avoided, and it is in your hands to prevent them.
We ask that you, in your role as Administrator of the EPA, protect our environment and the health of the people. Put in place stalwart limits for fracking companies, ensuring that the health of the people comes before this controversial energy market.
[Your Name Here]
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