Target: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Goal: Direct the Bureau of Land Management to stop issuing permits for fracking or other oil and gas exploration on federal lands.
A federal Judge has struck down regulations regarding fracking on public lands, halting all regulations and throwing the ability of the federal government to regulate fracking into question. This ruling comes amongst growing evidence of the harmful effects of fracking on the environment, including studies linking fracking to water contamination, earthquakes, and air pollution. The judge cited the exemption of fracking to the clean water act, and seemingly generalized it to include all federal regulations in a move that could unravel regulations on the entire oil and gas industry.
The federal government has already stated their intention to appeal the decision. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a subsidiary of the Ministry of the Interior and the agency behind the original regulations, is also the agency responsible for permitting fracking on public lands. While the BLM may no longer have the authority to regulate fracking, it does have the power to effectively ban it by ceasing to give out licenses. Not only would this be a good move for the environment, it would send a clear message to the oil and gas industry that they should either accept regulation, or accept a moratorium. Sign our petition and ask Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to direct the BLM to stop issuing permits for fracking on public and tribal lands.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
I was alarmed to hear of the ruling regarding the legality of BLM regulations of hydraulic fracturing. As I am sure you are aware, this ruling not only threatens the federal government’s ability to regulate fracking, but also federal authority to regulate other activities on public and tribal lands.
While it may no longer be legal to regulate hydraulic fracturing, the BLM still retains the legal right to halt activities on public and tribal lands. Given growing evidence that hydraulic fracturing is linked to earthquakes, water contamination, methane leaks, and other environmental degradation, unregulated hydraulic fracturing would be a disaster for federal lands.
I believe that the best response to this is to stop all oil and gas activities on federal lands until the Department of the Interior is able to legally regulate said activity. This is the only way to safely and responsibly manage the lands managed by the government in trust for the enjoyment of all Americans.
[Your Name Here]
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