Target: Christi Craddick, Railroad Commission Chairwoman
Goal: Respect voters’ decision to ban fracking in Denton, Texas
The town of Denton, Texas recently voted to ban all fracking within its city limits, yet the State Railroad Commission, the body that regulates Texas’ oil and gas companies, has said that it will continue to issue permits to frack in the town. The chairwoman of the commission has said that she has the authority to override the vote because the residents do not have control over where companies are allowed to drill in the state. We must act now to prevent the wishes of these citizens from being cast aside in the name of Big Oil profits.
The residents have cited disruptive noise, poor air quality, and an increase in earthquakes as reasons for their decision to ban the fracking, but the chairwoman refuses to listen. Despite how many times fracking has been proven dangerous, she claims that the vote is the result of poor information and education about what fracking really is. This defense is hollow at best and serves to divert attention away from how truly dangerous fracking is for the environment.
The wishes of these citizens must be respected, regardless of how much money the state stands to lose. Who is the government supposed to work for: Big Oil or its citizens? If action is not taken soon, people will be powerless to stand against these companies and their vast bankrolls. Money cannot steamroll the will of the people.
Please sign below and show your support for the citizens of Denton against Big Oil and their reprehensible government supporters. People must be allowed to control what happens in their own cities; to prevent them from doing so goes against the storied and deeply ingrained American ideal of freedom.
Dear Chairwoman Craddick,
Your recent decision to ignore a vote taken by the people of Denton, Texas against fracking is a sad example of what government in the United States is turning into. I demand that you immediately cease issuing permits to frack within the city limits of Denton and furthermore, issue the citizens of Denton an apology for your callous treatment of their wishes.
Fracking has been proven to be detrimental to the environment and every living thing in it. The wishes of the people of Denton deserve to be respected and upheld. To force this dangerous process on them in order to make a profit for the state is despicable and goes against the very freedoms that the United States was founded upon.
Governments are intended to serve their people, chairwoman, not Big Oil. It is clear that the profits generated by the fracking permits you issue mean more than the wishes of your citizens in your eyes and this is unacceptable. Please act now to rectify this grievous lapse in judgment and stop issuing permits to frack in Denton.
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