Target: Amber Rudd, United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Goal: Protect groundwater and wildlife habitat from the invasive and dangerous fracking industry.
Drinking water, natural land, and wildlife habitat are at risk due to a change in legislation that will now allow fracking to occur within protected areas. A few months ago, government officials had put a ban on fracking in sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs). Sadly, the ban has been overturned because it would have negatively impacted the fracking industry. We must speak up now to protect our natural resources from this destructive operation that simply provides a dirty, nonrenewable energy source.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a process that injects thousands of gallons of water and dangerous lubricating chemicals deep into the earth to create pressure that then cracks the underground shale rock and releases natural gas. This industry is fairly new and the impacts are already severe. The industry utilizes millions of gallons of freshwater to retrieve this nonrenewable energy source. The fracking liquid injected into the wells is a dangerous mixture that can easily contaminate groundwater. Only 30-50 percent of the fracking liquid is actually recovered, leaving the rest to stay underground to contaminate freshwater.
The British government has changed its mind on banning fracking in SSSIs. SSSIs in the United Kingdom are conservation sites that are protected for wildlife, historical importance, or geographical integrity. Although fracking will still be banned in national parks, operations can take place outside of park borders and horizontally drill underneath the ground to reach natural gas reserves inside the park. Even more alarming is the fact that fracking can also take place in the most sensitive groundwater areas that provide fresh drinking water for animals and citizens.
There are about 4,000 SSSIs in England alone and these coveted areas take up about 8% of the country. We must protect these conservation areas before they are destroyed forever. Fracking operations in these areas will pollute groundwater as well as create noise and air pollution from an increase in truck traffic. By signing this petition, you are urging the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to officially ban fracking in SSSIs and in sensitive groundwater areas.
Dear Secretary Rudd,
Our natural resources and ecologically-rich land should be coveted and protected. SSSIs in England make up about 8% of the country. These conservation areas are crucial for wildlife. If you allow fracking to occur within the borders of these sites, you will only destroy and degrade this natural land that is so important for wildlife habitat.
Fracking is a dangerous process that can put a huge stress on groundwater supplies. Only 30-50 percent of fracking fluid is actually retrieved after injection, the rest is left underground. If you do not put stricter regulations on the fracking industry, natural land, drinking water, and wildlife will suffer from pollution by well operations and truck traffic. Please enforce a ban on fracking within all SSSIs in the United Kingdom as well as prohibit fracking near critical groundwater areas.
I urge you to please protect the United Kingdom’s natural assets. You have the power to protect drinking water and wildlife, preserving these treasures for generations.
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