Target: David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Goal: Stop plans to build new fracking operations in light of a new scientific report labeling the practice as a significant threat to health.
A major study recently concluded that fracking poses significant threats to human health as well as environmental stability. The study, released by United Kingdom nonprofit the CHEM Trust, warns of severe risks to United Kingdom citizens should a plan to fast track two new fracking operations continue. The paper recommends that a moratorium be placed on all fracking operations until more is known about the risks associated with the practice.
Fracking is a process in which shale gas is extracted from the ground by injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and chemicals into the ground. Hundreds of chemicals are used in the process, including formic and hydrochloric acids, ammonia, and formaldehyde. Many of the chemicals used can disrupt hormones in humans and animals, and have been linked to coronary heart disease and various types of cancer, including leukemia.
These harmful chemicals often find their way into groundwater aquifers and can contaminate drinking water and other natural water sources. In the United States, high concentrations of arsenic, thallium, and nitrates have been found in water sources within close proximity to fracking operations. Due to the United Kingdom’s lax fracking regulations, similar contamination could occur within a short period of time.
It is imperative that the United Kingdom government focus on preserving the natural environments that sustain its citizens. Fracking can not only cause permanent changes to the landscape, but the pollution it causes could result in widespread health problems for both humans and wildlife in the surrounding areas. Sign the petition below to demand that the United Kingdom stop all fracking operations until the health risks are fully considered.
Dear Prime Minister David Cameron,
A recent scientific study concluded that hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting shale gas from deep underground, poses a significant threat to human health. The chemicals used, which include formaldehyde, ammonia, and caustic acids, can enter nearby groundwater reserves and contaminate them with carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals.
There is absolutely no reason to risk the health of citizens in the interest of profit. Lax regulations on the process could result in the over-exploitation of the environment at the cost of the public. We, the undersigned, ask that a moratorium is placed on all fracking operations until the risks are considered and proper regulations are put in place to protect the natural landscape.
[Your Name Here]
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