Target: Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Impose stricter limitations in drilling practices used to acquire natural gas and crude oil
Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a method used in many states across the U.S. to acquire natural gas from rock formations deep within the Earth. It involves drilling, then “fracking” or essentially blasting the rock with highly pressurized and chemically treated water in order to stimulate and extract any natural gas that hasn’t been released. This type of drilling process has been linked to a rapid increase in seismic activity and it pollutes our air as well as underground water sources. Tell the EPA that these risks musts be recognized and regulated accordingly.
The actual process of fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of chemical-laced water into a well, which cracks the rock required to attain its gas and oil. After these products are extracted and separated, the water used in the process is stored in several “disposal wells” located thousands of feet underground and storing up to 5 million gallons of wastewater each. Over time, this water builds pressure and eventually causes earthquakes. Its chemicals also leak out of the disposal wells and into the earth, easily contaminating our water sources as well as the air that we breathe.
If we do not start looking into alternative methods such as renewable energy sources readily available to us, then we will eventually destroy our earth as well as the few natural resources we have left. Let the EPA know that we demand changes in risky methods used in mining for oil, such as fracking, and stricter limitations to prevent dangerous chemicals from leaking out and polluting our environment.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and crude oil is a risky process with short and long-term consequences that must be modified. We put our earth and ourselves at risk of absorbing these toxic chemicals emitted during the extraction processes, and threaten our natural water sources when the wastewater is injected back into the ground. While regulations to monitor air pollution from these practices have been put in place (though they won’t be enforced until 2015), there is not a single rule addressing the problem of this contaminated groundwater that threatens organisms everywhere (including us).
Congress may have exempted fracking practices from the Safe Water Drinking Act in 2005, but that doesn’t mean you should give up the fight. Please stand up for the concern that we share and implement stricter policies which ensure that our natural resources remain safely intact. We are also tired of the earthquakes.
[Your Name Here]
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