Target: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
Goal: Don’t prevent towns and cities from being able to ban fracking in their jurisdictions.
Concerned Oklahoma citizens will no longer be able to ban fracking in their communities if proposals currently making their way through the state’s Republican-controlled legislature become law. The profits of oil companies should not be prioritized above the health and welfare of Oklahomans and the environment. Demand that Governor Fallin veto these proposals when they arrive on her desk.
Fracking degrades the environment, taints water sources with dangerous (and oftentimes flammable) chemicals, and was recently found to be responsible for the increase in seismic activity and earthquakes in Oklahoma itself. Despite these facts, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives just approved Senate Bills 809 and 468, proposals designed to give oil companies institutionalized free-reign to do what they want throughout the state.
SB 809 would prevent localities from being able to pass ordinances banning fracking in their city limits, limiting their authority to manage what oil companies can do in their communities to vague “reasonable” regulatory ordinances based on their activities’ impacts on “road use, traffic, noise, and odor.” SB 468 is a complementary proposal that would designate any locality’s attempts to curtail fracking in their communities as a “taking” of property from oil companies, leaving them vulnerable to legal repercussions.
Communities that don’t want to feel the harmful effects of fracking should be able to do that regardless of how badly it hurts oil companies’ profits. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Fallin veto these bills so that they never become law.
Dear Governor Fallin,
I am writing you today regarding Senate Bills 809 and 468, two proposals that will likely make their way through your state’s legislature and arrive on your desk in the near future. These are fundamentally flawed bills that will put your state’s residents at risk in more ways than one.
What these bills are designed to do is preempt towns and cities banning fracking within their city limits in response to the ever-increasing evidence of the practice’s negative effects. They are, effectively, covering for oil companies’ continuing profits.
The prioritization of private profits over the right of Oklahomans to dictate what happens in their communities is unconscionable. Fracking hurts the environment, it poisons water supplies, and it causes earthquakes. These are all legitimate reasons for people to not want to have anything to do with it.
These bills do not deserve to become the law of your state. Oklahomans should be able to dictate what happens in their communities. I demand that you veto both of these bills when they arrive on your desk.
[Your Name Here]
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