Target: Mayor of Denton, Texas, Chris Watts
Goal: Commend citywide ban on the environmentally detrimental practice of fracking
Defeating any oil and gas company is not easy, especially in the country’s leading state of oil and gas development, Texas. However, Denton has become the first city in the state of Texas to ban fracking within its city limits. Denton is now leading the way for many other cities that are leery about the repercussions of fracking on the environment. Environmental oddities for Texas are on the rise, and fracking may be to blame. It is important that cities continue to stand up to environmental degradation and insist on fostering healthy communities.
Fracking is the process of extracting natural gas from deep within the earth. The natural gas is exposed by drilling and injecting high-pressure fluid into the ground. Each fracking site requires up to 400 tanker trucks full of water, which translates to anywhere between one and eight million gallons of water. The water is then mixed with up to 40,000 gallons of chemicals, which then all goes into the ground to break it up and extract natural gas. Fracking extends deep into the ground, reaching groundwater and contaminating these sources. Fracking does not help neighboring communities, it pollutes them.
For example, cities in Texas with no previous history of earthquakes are now experiencing them. This is understandably alarming to many citizens who worry that fracking in the area is responsible for the earth tremors. Scientists are looking into the tremors to see if they are caused by fracking; most believe that fracking and earthquakes are directly linked. The cities experiencing strange environmental issues have discussed only allowing companies to drill if the companies can prove that earthquakes will not result from the activity. Boldly standing up to oil and gas companies is tough and Denton has been a positive example and influence for cities discussing fracking bans.
Commend the community of Denton for its bold stance against fracking companies. Environmental and human health is vastly more important than exploiting the earth. Sign this petition to stand with Denton against the oil and gas industry and encourage other Texas towns to ban fracking in their communities.
Dear Mayor Watts,
I am writing to commend you and your city for standing up to the oil and gas industry. Denton has successfully banned fracking from within city limits, and is the first city in Texas to do so. The city of Denton is a pioneer in the quest to ban fracking from the state for good.
Please offer support to the other Texas cities attempting to ban the practice. As you know, standing up to the oil and gas industry is extremely difficult, time consuming and often expensive, but with your guidance, many other cities will be able to effectively save their surrounding environment.
Thank you for being a positive example in the state of Texas. I commend your success and hope that you help other cities experience the same success.
[Your Name Here]
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