Target: Acting Director of United States Bureau of Land Management, Mike Pool
Goal: Protect the environment from the negative effects of hydraulic fracturing by stopping the United States government from auctioning off California land
The sight of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, projects may soon mar the picturesque central coastline of California. The United States government, which owns the mineral rights to the Monterey Shale, is scheduled to auction the land to oil and gas companies in December. Unlike the fracking projects in the Eastern part of the country, which are extracting natural gas, the Monterey projects will be extracting oil.
According to the energy industry, there is the potential for billions of barrels of oil to be harvested from the Monterey Shale. However, like the fracking enraging environmentalists in the rest of the country, the process will still cause alarming consequences to the environment and public health. Any oil extracted is likely to be exported, thus not contributing to energy independence. Therefore, we must prevent the expansion of fracturing in California. There is no public benefit, only risk.
The Bureau of Land Management is auctioning nearly 18,000 acres of land, which will undoubtedly become sites of contaminated drinking water and polluted air. They have done this in complete compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. According to the bureaus analysis, there will be no significant impacts from fracking in the Monterey Shale. It is obvious that government is under the wing of oil and gas lobby groups, many of which are heavily supporting the Republican presidential candidate, so fossil fuel extraction can continue unregulated.
Fracking has been a highly contentious issue because of its detrimental effects on the environment and those who live in fracking areas, but also because of a lack of transparency. Fracking involves injecting large amounts of water and chemicals into the ground at immense pressure. The exact chemicals used are not disclosed, because companies are not required to do so. Anti-fracking legislation, or attempts to regulate fracking, are immediately shot down as evidenced by two recently failed bills. It is time for oil and gas companies to cease control of our energy policy.
Please sign this petition to tell the government you do not support the expansion of fracking in California.
Dear Director Pool,
The upcoming auction of nearly 18,000 acres of Central California land to oil and gas companies for hydraulic fracturing projects is unacceptable on many levels. The Monterey Shale may have the potential for producing billions of barrels of oil, but at what cost? There are no significant benefits to the public from a project of this scope and nature.
However, the harms are gross. Fracking is known to destroy the environment, including displacing native species, contaminating water supplies to the point of no recovery, using immense volumes of water, and puts citizens health at serious risk. Please do not let fracking expand in California.
Although, your analysis of the effects of fracking complied with the NEPA, it was not adequate. The dangers were simply minimized and lawsuits will most likely follow. The courts are not always the best place for environmental policy to be carried out, but with the heavy influence of the oil and gas industry over government, causing energy policy gridlock, they may be the only chance we have to prevent fracking.
Please reconsider your upcoming auction of California land for fracking projects and protect the health and safety of the environment and citizens of California.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Danika Garcia