Target: Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Department of the Interior
Goal: Ensure common sense regulations of hydraulic fracking on federal lands are maintained.
Federal lands may soon be subjected to the dangers of fracking thanks to the Trump Administration’s latest attack on Obama-era environmental regulations. This includes common sense rules meant to help ensure that hydraulic fracking practices are safe.
Adopted in 2015 by the Bureau of Land Management, these rules applied industry-wide standards in regards to well containment, wastewater storage and mandated public disclosure of chemicals used during the fracking process. Lack of regulation contributes to the well-documented risks of fracking including groundwater and air contamination, increased greenhouse gas emissions and seismic activity. Ending disclosure of fracking chemicals may also endanger public health. A 2009 congressional investigation found that at least 29 chemicals commonly used in fracking were known to cause cancer in humans.
Fracking oversight was under assault even prior to the 2016 election as a judge in Wyoming ruled that the Bureau of Land Management did not have the authority to regulate the industry. This ruling was appealed by the Obama Administration; however, the effort has been effectively abandoned in advance of the rule being repealed by Department of the Interior.
Continued federal environmental regulation is critical because energy producers are increasingly successful in weakening enforcement at the state level. This was seen in Oklahoma where newly appointed EPA chief Scott Pruitt actively worked in his former capacity as attorney general to inhibit legal action against fossil fuel companies. The dire consequences of his intervention caused state residents to suffer through a record-breaking wave of fracking-related seismic activity. Please sign the below petition demanding the federal government side with public safety by continuing common sense hydraulic fracturing regulations.
Dear Secretary Zinke,
I am writing to demand that the Department of the Interior leave in place the common sense hydraulic fracking regulations known as the “2015 Rule.” As you are aware, the fracking process has significant environmental risks including groundwater contamination, air pollution and increased seismic activity.
Ending disclosure of fracking chemicals as mandated by the 2015 Rule may also directly threaten public health, as nearly 30 such chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in humans. Please demonstrate your commitment to public safety by maintaining federal oversight of hydraulic fracking.
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