Target: SandRidge Energy President and CEO James D. Bennett
Goal: Denounce the SandRidge Energy company for ignoring request to reduce water injections in Oklahoma.
The SandRidge Energy company has said it will not comply with a request to reduce the amount of water it uses in fracking operations in Oklahoma. The request was made in December by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) as a result of research on the effects of fracking in regards to earthquakes and contaminated wastewater.
In Medford, Oklahoma, SandRidge were directed to stop injecting water in four wells, and restricted water volumes in over 20 others. The OCC has been issuing directives to natural gas companies regularly and has had 100 percent compliance up to now.
Since 2009, Oklahoma has seen a significant rise in the amount of earthquakes which has been linked to the increase of hydraulic fracking and wastewater disposal, according to data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the federal Earthquake Science Center in California. These directives are being issued as a means to mitigate the damage being caused by this human-induced seismic activity.
The company seems to be in a uncertain financial position, which may be the reason for their non-compliance with the directive. Sign this petition and denounce SandRidge’s choice to take care of the company’s bottom line rather than stop the damage caused by their fracking activities.
Dear President Bennett,
Your company’s choice to ignore the request to curtail fracking activities in the Medford, Oklahoma area could be an expensive and dangerous mistake. The OCC has made it clear through evidence obtained through the scientific community–for example, data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the Earthquake Science Center–that the wastewater injections have been directly linked to the surge in earthquakes in the region. However, you and your company have chosen to ignore these directives, even though until now, there has been a 100 percent compliance rate. Even the Oklahoma Gas Association is in favor of the OCC’s guidelines regarding fracking.
It is hard not to be cynical in the reasoning behind this decision. Claims that it was made based on solid science as opposed to financial concerns seem transparent in light of the previously mentioned research, as well as the condition of SandRidge Energy’s balance sheet.
This is a shameful attempt at pumping more money out of the fracking operations in Oklahoma at the expense of the safety and security of the residents and the region. I urge you to reconsider the decision and comply with the OCC guidelines.
[Your Name Here]
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