Target: Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick
Goal: Praise the Chairman for proposing new fracking regulations designed to prevent earthquakes
A potential environmental victory is in the making in Texas, where fracking-related earthquakes may become far less regular. The Texas Railroad Commission, the agency in charge of regulating oil and gas activity in that state, recently proposed new rules intended to ensure that fracking wastewater is better taken care of. The process of fracking involves using water mixed with various chemicals to forcibly crack subsurface rock, releasing any natural gas deposits. After the procedure has been finished, the wastewater is injected deep under the ground as a means of disposal. Unfortunately, the wastewater can very easily migrate onto fault lines and thereby cause earthquakes. Better regulation of the disposal of fracking wastewater could prevent serious damage.
Fracking is deeply unpopular amongst environmentalists, and a great deal of effort has been focused on stopping the process itself. But as long as fracking continues to take place, attention should be given to its after-effects. According to Think Progress, most fracking-related earthquakes are small and not liable to cause much of a problem, but there is evidence that if wastewater is continuously pumped deep into the ground, the seismic effects could become stronger and more dangerous. Proposed regulations like the ones drawn up by the Texas Railroad Commission will be necessary as long as fracking remains in use.
The Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, Christi Craddick, was instrumental in the creation of the proposed regulations, and will be instrumental in their adaption. With hope, Texas fracking will become less dangerous. By signing this petition, you will thank the Chairman for her work.
Dear Chairman Craddick,
The new fracking regulations proposed by the Texas Railroad Commission are a welcome development. While a great deal of attention is paid to the effects of fracking itself, much less is directed towards its aftereffects. Ensuring that wastewater will be less likely to cause earthquakes is of great importance.
Your Commission is in an excellent position to improve the regulatory state of Texas fracking, and you have done well to propose these new rules. Thank you for working to protect both people and the environment from the dangerous after-effects of fracking.
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