Target: Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan
Goal: Ban hydraulic fracturing in the state of Michigan
According to the Detroit Free Press, activists in Michigan are beginning to acquire petition signatures in hopes of getting an anti-fracking bill on the 2014 ballot. The petition was just approved by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. Specifically, it aims to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing deep underground for natural gas and oil excavation. If passed, fracking would be banned throughout the state.
In order to excavate oil and gas using hydraulic fracturing, gas companies shoot millions of gallons of pressurized water deep into the ground. By doing so, they hope to shatter rock deposits standing in the way of oil reserves. Many environmental non-profits and watchdog organizations have sprung up in recent years to warn the public of the ecological degradation caused by fracking. It contaminates groundwater, pollutes air quality, and destroys the natural landscape. One of these groups is the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan. Members are hoping to retrieve nearly 300,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot next year.
Little do many voters know that hydraulic fracturing has been practiced in Michigan since the 1960s. So far, over 10,000 excavation wells have been created in the state. Many companies that practice fracking deny claims that it is bad for the environment. However, few of these companies have conducted stringent environmental tests to investigate the practice’s harmful effect on groundwater and air quality. Sign this petition to support a ban on fracking in Michigan.
Dear Mr. Governor,
Although hydraulic fracturing has taken place in Michigan for the last fifty years, recent scientific data shows that fracking is detrimental to the environment. As informed citizens become more interested in maintaining the environment for future generations, rather than destroying it for quick and fleeting profit, more of them are demanding an end to practices like hydraulic fracturing. We now know that fracking contaminates groundwater for communities surrounding the well site, it releases toxins into the air, and it destroys the natural landscape.
If fracking is not harmful, then why are independent scientific tests not conducted to prove its benevolence? Why is the purity of water and air quality around hydraulic fracturing sites only assumed, or validated based on biased tests paid for by large gas companies? I encourage you to support Michigan citizens’ safety and preserve the state’s natural landscape by banning hydraulic fracturing.
[Your Name Here]
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