Protect National Parks from Fracked Gas Pipelines

Trans Canyon Pipeline-by-Grand Canyon National Park

Target: President of the United States, Barrack Obama

Goal: Stop the construction of fracked gas pipelines that would pose a major risk to plants, animals and the environment.

A bill that will allow gas-fracked pipelines to run through national parks is under consideration in the House. These pipelines will pose a great risk and cause damage to the protected parks that are home to wildlife. Passing such a bill will destroy the beauty and nature of these natural treasures and will pose risks to the surrounding communities.

The project is named the Rockaway Pipeline Project. It is going to be built in Gateway National Recreation Area, which is one of the America’s oldest urban national parks. The pipeline is expected to pass under other parks, including Jacob Riis Park and Jamaica Bay before it connects to the National Grid system. The pipeline will be used to transport shale gas.

This project needs congressional approval since it is going to be located in a national park. This bill is a clear indication of how the government is willing to give land to private corporations whose goal is profit making at the expense of the environment and its occupants. The pipeline will run through restored wetlands, which are home to several endangered species – butterflies, reptiles, birds, turtles and marine life. The pipeline will also pass through a beautiful beach that is used by several American families every year for fishing, surfing and kayaking.

It is alleged that the private corporation has poor safety records because it has been operating under government supervision for the last few years. Gas pipelines are extremely dangerous because they leak and in some cases explode. Worse is that once these pipes are installed, they will only be inspected for leaks once after several years, posing more risks to wildlife and the community.

In addition, the private corporation is expected to house its metering station in landmarked aircraft hangars, adjacent to an area used by campers, veteran aviators, school athletic teams and several community gardeners. This group will have to endure the noise and toxic methane fumes released by this station.

Politicians have argued that shale gas is clean, but reports claim to differ. According to reports, shale gas is fossil fuel that releases methane and a greenhouse gas that harms the climate. In fact, this gas is just like coal and oil. In addition, this gas is produced by hydrofracking, which permanently destroys air, water, and land. Sign this petition to protect national parks from fracked gas pipelines.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

The House is currently debating a bill that will allow gas-fracked pipelines to run through America’s national parks. These pipelines will pose an enormous risk and cause damage to the protected parks that are home to some wildlife. America does not need this pipeline because the country does not need the gas. America needs to protect its vulnerable wildlife sanctuaries and wetlands.

Your administration has always advocated for renewable energy and not frack gas. Instead of building pipelines and metering stations, America should be thinking of windmills and solar panels. Passing this bill will put animals, plants and communities at huge risk. I hope to see your action towards this positive cause. Keep the gas out of the national parks.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Grand Canyon National Park

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