Target: Bureau of Land Management
Goal: Halt leasing plans of Talladega National Forest for use as fracking site.
Over forty thousand acres of Alabama’s Talladega National Forest may soon become just another money machine for oil companies. The Bureau of Land Management will soon offer up this land for lease to energy companies looking for territory to employ fracking operations.
As the plans move forward, local residents continue to voice their grave concern for the diverse habitat, its endangered species, the potential toxic runoff and the millions of gallons of water necessary for the operation. Alabama’s Talladega National Forest must be protected from the inevitable consequences of oil exploration.
Drilling plans, initially proposed in 2004, included dropping single wells in certain areas for drilling. However, the methods employed now would include extensive fracking operations where highly pressurized water and other chemicals are pumped underground causing rock formations to break up, releasing the precious oil and gas.
Many documented incidences in other states that have used hydraulic fracking show extensive contamination of local groundwater sources as a result of these procedures. In addition, research by Food & Water Watch has shown that the municipal water treatment plants in the area do not have the capacity to treat many of the chemicals used in the process.
Numerous Alabama residents use private wells which draw from these underground sources and they could be dangerously exposed to carcinogenic chemicals as a result of the fracking methods. Sign this petition to support the health of Talladega National Forest, its endangered species, and the Alabama citizens who drink the water from this area. Leasing of Talladega National Forest to oil companies must not be allowed.
Dear Bureau of Land Management,
I am writing out of dismay and deep concern for your upcoming plans to lease land in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest to oil companies. The oil drilling procedures, specifically fracking, stand to severely compromise this habitat, its species, and the drinking water of Alabama citizens.
You must be familiar with the pitfalls of fracking methods as there have been many well documented operations in other states. These have resulted in widespread contamination of water and air quality, not too mention extensive environmental damage. Also, water treatment plants near and around the proposed leasing area, do not have sufficient treatment capabilities for some of the chemicals used in the process.
These are very real and very disturbing concerns that you must take into account. Local Alabama citizens are aware of these issues and I urge you to strongly consider their voice in this matter, along with other environmental agencies. Do not allow Talladega National Forest to become another exploited ecosystem by leasing over forty thousand acres to oil companies.
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