Block Fracking on Public Land

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Target: Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze

Goal: Block an oil and gas lease sale that would open up public lands to fracking

A proposed oil and gas lease sale in Nevada may open up more than 174,000 acres of public land to fracking. The sale is set for July 17, 2014 and involves 102 areas surrounding the towns of Austin and Tonopah in the central part of the state. The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a legal petition to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in hopes of blocking the sale. Show your support for the filed petition and urge BLM Director Neil Kornze to deny the lease sale.

Fracking poses great threats to the environment and its inhabitants. Toxic fluid is mixed with water and infused into the ground under extreme pressure to fracture rocks, thereby releasing oil and gas deposits. Dangerous chemicals are added to the water, the ingredients of which companies do not have to disclose to the public. It necessitates large amounts of water, which is in short supply in Nevada, and can lead to lower water tables. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, companies often use chemicals that are known human carcinogens or listed as hazardous materials under the Clean Air Act. Methane gas, a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, significantly contributes to greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.

Several states across the U.S. have banned fracking based on its enormous risk for potential harm to humans, wildlife and the environment. Safer alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power, are being developed to minimize the threats. Help ensure that vast swaths of public land in Nevada are not potentially destroyed in the name of profit for the oil and gas industry. Urge Director Kornze to deny the proposed lease sale and ensure that the inhabitants of Nevada have access to safe water and can live free of toxic chemicals beneath their soil.


Dear Director Kornze,

I am writing to urge you to deny a proposed oil and gas lease sale in Nevada. If the sale proceeds, approximately 174,000 acres of public land will be opened up to the dangerous and toxic process of hydraulic fracking.

Fracking poses an enormous threat to humans, wildlife and the environment. Unsafe chemicals are injected underground, putting public water supplies at risk. Each well requires a tremendous amount of water to operate and as you are aware, the state of Arizona is the driest in the nation and the local water table is already very low.

Safer energy sources are available in the form of solar and wind power. I urge you to ensure that the proposed lease sale does not receive approval, and that humans, wildlife and local ecosystems in Nevada are not put at risk so the oil and gas industry can reap financial gain.


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