Applaud New Restrictions on Fracking

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Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of California

Goal: Support California’s efforts to increase the regulations on fracking, and encourage other states to do so as well

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is a procedure used to extract oil from rock by inducing fractures in the rock itself. This process allows the oil to be released and collected for commercial use. While this procedure allows more oil to be extracted, it also poses environmental and health risks to the public at large. Such risks include the possibility of ground water contamination, pollution to the air, increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, and potential mishandling of toxis waste. Sign this petition to encourage heightened regulations on fracking, like the kind that California has enacted.

On September 20, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 4, which imposes new requirements on fracking, in addition to other forms of well stimulation treatments. (“Well stimulation treatment” refers to any method – such as fracking – that is used to extract desired liquids from rock. While there are other methods used to extract liquids from rock, such as acid well stimulation treatments, fracking is currently getting the most exposure in the media).

Senate Bill 4 was passed in reaction to the strong need to curb the potential negative effects of fracking and other well stimulation treatments. The new legislation will be powerful in safeguarding the environmental and health interests of the public, as well as creating a framework for monitoring companies that engage in fracking. Sign this petition to show your support for these types of regulations, and also to encourage other states to adopt similar ones.


Dear Mr. Jerry Brown, Governor of California

The purpose of this petition is to show support for legislation like California’s Senate Bill 4, which you recently signed into law. One of the admirable aspects of this new law is that it requires permits to be administered before well stimulation treatments can be performed. Applications for these permits will require that there be both a water management plan and groundwater monitoring plan in order to ensure that the environment is being taken into consideration.

Calling for these types of measures has the potential to make a big difference and reduce the risk of environmental harm.Thank you for introducing this legislation in order to curb the potential deleterious effects of well stimulation treatments. Hopefully other states will come to adopt similar laws. For the time being, Californians will have the benefit of knowing that a new law is in effect to protect their welfare.


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