Target: Susie Beiersdorfer, anti-fracking activist, and citizens of Athens, Ohio
Goal: Applaud Ohio city for banning fracking
Various cities and counties around the country have made it clear that fracking will not be allowed in their communities. This cause has gained a new supporter, discovered after the recent midterm elections. Athens, Ohio, has officially outlawed fracking with a 78 percent vote. Even though fracking in Ohio has almost doubled the state’s oil and gas production, citizens are wary of the environmental and community impact that inevitably comes along with the procedure. Athens is continuing the very important movement of pushing for renewable energy, rather than acquiring polluting and dangerous fossil fuels.
Fracking, formally called hydraulic fracking, is the process of injecting chemicals, water and sand into a well to crack the bedrock and extract fossil fuels. While this ban is incredibly necessary and brave, the oil and gas industry is ruthless, to say the least. Two years ago another Ohio town, Broadview Heights, passed a similar ban on fracking. In response, two drilling companies sued the town in order to gain fracking rights within the area. There is a chance that Athens’ ban will be overturned in court if oil and gas companies decide to sue, as was the issue for a Colorado town that banned fracking. Ohio State holds jurisdiction on bans, rather than individual counties or cities.
One oil and gas company has already declared that it does not plan on suing the city of Athens, as the city’s ban will not drastically affect the industry. However, this decision could quickly change if the oil and gas industry deems it necessary. Now more than ever Athens needs the support of others within the country. By recruiting support from around the country, Athens will have a stable fallback if it does end up in a lawsuit. By signing this petition you pledge to stand with Athens and its decision to ban fracking within its community.
Dear Ms. Beiersdorfer,
Athens has bravely stood up to the oil and gas industry by voting for a ban on fracking within its city limits. I am writing to commend you, as an anti-fracking activist, as well as the 78 percent of voters who influenced this ban. It is no mystery that the oil and gas industry frowns upon fracking bans. Fortunately, one oil and gas company has already decided that it will not file a lawsuit against Athens. This one promise does not protect Athens from retributive lawsuits forever.
If Athens comes under legal fire by the state of Ohio, or an oil and gas company, please use my signature, along with the others this petition generates, to continue fighting against fracking. The people of Athens are protecting the community with this ban and this dedication should be honored.
Thank you for protecting your community and the environment. I urge you to keep fighting for what is right. Your spirit and dedication will not go unnoticed.
[Your Name Here]
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