Target: Jerry Brown (Governor of California), California State Representatives
Goal: Severely limit or even ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in California.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is better known, is the process of releasing petroleum or other gasses from reservoir rocks below the Earth’s surface. Fracking might be a solid source of petroleum and natural gas, which would otherwise be inaccessible for extraction, and greatly helps the US economy by creating jobs and keeping gas prices relatively low, but it has also been linked to numerous reports of water contamination and pollutes the air.
New York, Vermont, and New Jersey have already banned fracking, but a newly drafted bill on the floor in California would allow this practice to continue with very few environmental restrictions. At a time when America is finally pushing for sustainable green energy and finding legitimate answers to the nation’s energy crisis, fracking should be greatly limited across the country—especially in California, where natural resources and wilderness areas are of the utmost importance.
If the government, California’s in particular, is serious about progressing this country’s sustainable energy, severely limiting or even banning the use of fracking would not only force change for the better of the environment and public health, but also for innovation and investment in field of green energy.
Numerous organizations have already supported this call to stop fracking in California. Please sign this petition and voice your support as well.
Dear Mayor Brown and California State Representatives,
The newly drafted bill on the floor of the California legislature that will essentially lay out a future for fracking in California must be stopped. Though fracking has many benefits for the economy and energy demands in California, it has also proven to be an environmental hazard by contaminating ground water and polluting the air.
In order to protect the wild beauty, natural resources, and health of citizens in California, this new legislation must be changed to severely limit fracking, if not ban it completely, instead of allowing the industry to expand.
Vermont, New York, and New Jersey have already banned fracking. If California followed those states’ lead, the progression of sustainable green energy would be greatly aided by forcing innovation and investment in the field and assisting the transition to sustainable energy in this country as well as the state of California.
Citing the environmental hazards of the fracking process, numerous national organizations like the Center of Biological Diversity have already supported the a limit to fracking in California. Please do all you can to ensure this bill providing the fracking industry a future in California is stopped in its tracks.
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