Target: Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania
Goal: Ban fracking in Pennsylvania.
Proximity to active fracking sites is linked to increased numbers of asthma attacks, according to a recently published study. The study was undertaken in Pennsylvania, a state with over 7700 active wells, and adds to the large body of evidence that fracking is harmful to human health. While this study does not establish the precise cause of these asthma attacks, the large size of the study and the high number of other factors the researchers accounted for means that we can be highly confident that the results point to fracking exacerbating asthma.
Fracking is exempted from a number of environmental regulations, including the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Fossil fuel companies often do not have to notify communities when toxic chemicals spill, and are not necessarily liable for the cleanup. Despite the myriad of legal exemptions for fracking over the few years that fracking has been occurring in Pennsylvania, there have been over 4000 violations and over $6.1 million in fines.
In the past year fracking has been linked to earthquakes, groundwater contamination, cancers, and respiratory diseases, among other negative impacts. The practice is a threat to public health. Furthermore, over 80 percent of fossil fuels need to remain unburned to prevent catastrophic climate change. Continued fracking is incompatible with this goal. Sign our petition and ask Governor Tom Wolf to end fracking in Pennsylvania.
Dear Governor Wolf,
I was alarmed to read the recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) linking living near active hydraulic fracturing wells and an increase in asthma attacks. This is the latest in a long list of studies that show that the practice known as fracking is damaging to public health, the environment, and public safety. Negative impacts include earthquakes, cancers, drinking water and groundwater contamination.
While I recognize that hydraulic fracturing contributes to the economy of Pennsylvania, over the short period that fracking has been ongoing there have been over 4000 violations. Furthermore, the full extent of the damage caused by fracking is not accounted for in economic data. Finally, we need to keep 80 percent of proven fossil fuel reserves unburned to avert catastrophic climate change. These impacts outweigh the benefits. Therefore, I urge you to do everything in your power to end the practice of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.
[Your Name Here]
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