Target: Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper
Goal: Ban hydraulic fracturing in Colorado
After a spill of fracked natural gas near Parachute, Colorado, benzene turned up in Parachute Creek. Williams Energy, the company responsible for the spill, has not yet paid any fines. Although it remains legal in Colorado, fracking is bad for the local community, who is paying the ultimate price for this practice.
The spill occurred in the beautiful Garfield County, home to many ranchers who use Parachute Creek to get drinking water for horses and pastures. The level of benzene in the creek rose to 4.8 parts per billion after the spill, whereas the safety limit for benzene in Coloradoan drinking water is 5 parts per billion.
The state is asking the company to clean up the mess and to make sure this does not happen again. This is not good enough. Fracking is dangerous by itself. There is scientific evidence that fracking causes earthquakes and that it can make tap water flammable. It is in the Williams Energy’s best interests to keep this quiet and hope that it will go away. They are only after their bottom line.
There are approximately 45,000 active oil and gas wells in Colorado, projected to reach 60,000. Fracking is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy. It is poisoning air and water. In the 21st century, state governments should be looking to source green energy. With all the potential wind power in Colorado, it is more than possible. Please sign below to urge the governor to push for an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.
Dear Governor Hickenlooper,
Residents of Colorado are legitimately worried about the quality of air and water in the state. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been linked to earthquakes. There is also evidence to the fact that it can make tap water flammable.
Recently, a spill near Parachute leaked benzene into Parachute Creek. This creek is a source of water for farm animals and pastures. Williams Energy is the company responsible for the spill. It has also been tasked with the cleanup after the accident. The company’s interest lies in the profit made by hydraulic fracturing, not in the costs associated with the cleanup after spills. It should be up to the state to clean this up and to fine Williams Energy.
Ultimately, oil and gas drilling should be forbidden in the great state of Colorado. There are many green alternatives available for your consideration, including wind energy. Have courage and put a moratorium on all hydraulic fracturing in the Colorado and urge state lawmakers to ban the practice altogether.
[Your Name Here]
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