Protect Your Drinking Water from Toxic Fracking Chemicals
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Protect Your Drinking Water from Toxic Fracking Chemicals

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      Food & Water Watch

Fracking is a type of gas drilling that injects millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids - a mixture of chemicals, water and sand - into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock underground, releasing natural gas. This process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health.

Fracking is a threat because it can deplete and contaminate local water. Since the fluids contain toxic chemicals, they can damage human health and the environment if they make their way into local water supplies through leaks, spills or underground injection.

After fracking, some water flows back up the well along with the gas. This wastewater is difficult to dispose of safely because it may contain toxic fracking chemicals, as well as dissolved solids it picks up underground, some of which may be radioactive. And, methane freed up because of the fracking can make its way through the ground into household wells, which can cause wells and houses to explode because it is highly flammable.

Although the industry argues that fracking is safe, there have been numerous documented cases of water contamination near drilling sites. This is a concern for many communities around the country that have seen a recent increase in drilling using these methods. Starting with the Barnett Shale, in Texas, drillers have turned their attention to shales in Michigan, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The Marcellus Shale, which covers parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland, has attracted the most attention.

The government must protect public water from damage from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Join Food & Water Watch and urge Congress to put a national ban on fracking in place. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Calls Escalate for a National Fracking Ban

      America's early fracking frenzy has subsided into a rolling boil of controversy in states where the controversial natural gas drilling technique now threatens to expand its reach.
      Seeing the disaster that fracking has become in places like Texas and...

    3. Reached 3 signatures
    4. Why We Need a Federal Ban on Fracking

      Wenonah Hauter is Executive Director of Food & Water Watch
      Energy industry executives and even some environmentalists are touting natural gas as a “bridge fuel” to our sustainable energy future. But hydrofracking, or fracking—the risky...

    5. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Steve Roley LOGAN, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      This practice of drilling for natural gas, Fracking is polluting what little clean fresh water the Earth has left. Less than 3% of all water on the planet is fresh water and only about 1/2 of that is clean and able to be consumed without possible harm. Oil and Gas companies are letting natural gas blow up from wells into our atmosphere because there is a glut of natural gas in the US in hopes of raising prices. It is happening on my parents farm so I know its true. Yet they keep fracking for more gas? Destroying precious fresh water systems. This is literally madness and greed at its core!!

    • Lauren Stamm MORGANTOWN, WV
      • about 3 years ago

      Hello Friends! Lets keep the cycle of Fracking petition Karma going and sign all of them! I signed your fracking petition can you please sign my small town’s fracking ban initiative for West Virginia. We are coal country we don’t need to be raped by these natural gas people too! Many thanks.

    • Kimberlee Anthony EAST MEADOW, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Because these companies are only seeing dollar signs. They dont care or know what the long term erfects of this will be.

    • tyler walston BELGRADE, MT
      • about 3 years ago

      Safe Drinking Water Act

    • Tyler Atnip PLANO, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      If you're curious what can happen to a town near (or above) an unregulated mine and improperly rehabilitated land, check out stories on Picher, OK. I know it's a different material and mining technique but this is 'safe mining' at it's finest. Just imagine how dangerous fracturing the earth would be compared to removing dirt and placing supporting columns!


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