Target: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno
Goal: Rescind ridiculous claim that offshore fracking does not have a significant impact on marine environments.
Two federal agencies have opened the door for offshore fracking by declaring it unlikely to have a “significant” impact on the environment. Offshore fracking is the practice of fracking for gas and oil in the ocean using water laced with dangerous chemicals. This water has been found to inevitably contaminate groundwater when it’s used on land. How it could possibly be kept out of the ocean water is beyond comprehension.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released an environmental impact study together that analyzed 23 offshore fracking operations off the coast of California and somehow came to the conclusion that the impact to marine ecosystems is “minimal.” This means that they’ve given approval to fracking companies to resume operations after they were suspended pending the results of the study.
There’s no limit to the amount of chemicals that can be used in offshore fracking, and companies are allowed to discharge nine billion gallons of fracking wastewater each year. Environmentalists are extremely skeptical of the idea that this would have a minimal impact on the dolphins, sea lions, and Pacific grey whales that call the ocean around California home.
Other investigations have found that many of the chemicals used in offshore fracking are deadly to marine animals and some can cause alarming mutations. The results of this latest “study” by the BOEM and BSEE have environmental activists crying foul. Sign our petition to denounce these agencies and demand that a new, independent study be conducted before offshore fracking is allowed to resume.
Dear Directors Hopper and Salerno,
Both of your agencies recently released a report declaring offshore fracking to have a minimal impact on marine environments. Many environmental activists are baffled by this as other studies have found that many of the limitless chemicals used in fracking are deadly to marine animals and some have caused disturbing mutations. Seeing as each company can flood nine billion gallons of fracking wastewater into the ocean each year, it seems impossible that offshore fracking would hurt marine ecosystems.
Many essential species live off the coast of California where much of the offshore fracking takes place, including multiple dolphin species and Pacific grey whales. Chemicals in the water would also likely affect the many people living on the West Coast. We demand that you commission a new study to be conducted by an independent agency before offshore fracking is allowed to continue.
[Your Name Here]
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