• Petitioned Registered Voters in Lubbock, Texas

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Registered Voters in Lubbock, Texas

stop fracking for oil in the city of Lubbock,Texas

    1. Petition by

      Sandra Manzari

      Lubbock, TX

We the people of Lubbock, Texas want the right to vote yes or no on this important issue.

If the city council of Lubbock, Texas allows fracking for oil in the city of Lubbock it may cause damage to our environment and property values. We are short on water here and they will be using millions of gallons of fresh water for this process, yet we are in a stage 2 water conservation order.

) Fracking is making people sick. There are reports of increases of everything from asthma to nausea to organ failure in neighborhoods where fracking chemicals have already been exploded underground and leaked into the air.

2) Groundwater is being poisoned, and it’s not just evidenced in the explosive methane pouring out of people’s taps that Josh Fox’s Gasland so famously disclosed. Underground aquifers are being silently tainted forever by the explosion of a toxic blend of water-chemicals-and-sand shot deep below the ground to help “free” the natural gas that is locked in rock and shale.

3) Even the natural gas industry admits that 20 percent of its wells will fail, in most cases meaning the cement casing that is supposed to contain the chemicals will crack and leak. (Remember the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill in the Gulf? Also, a result of cement casing failure.)

4) If fracking comes to your town, an industrial wasteland will certainly follow. Explosions, truck traffic, foul-smelling air and depleted water sources will become your daily headache and the local infrastructure—roads and bridges—taxed and destroyed. If the moratorium is lifted in New York state and fracking is allowed, it’s anticipated that somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 new wells will be drilled. Each will require an access road, a five-acre well pad, a spider web of pipelines to help deliver the gas once its above ground, 50,000 gallons of chemicals, 4.9 million gallons of water and a thousand diesel truck trips (thanks to my friend environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber for those numbers).

5) Wastewater is left behind. Those five million gallons of water and 50,000 gallons of chemicals that go down into each well don’t stay underground—most comes back out in a messy toxic sludge, which then has to be stored... somewhere. Often it is pumped into a nearby holding pond, maybe buried, and in some cases trucked to another county, or another state (see Pennsylvania and Ohio), where it is injected underground to poison for a second time. Uggh.

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    • Wolfe McLarty LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Water is life!

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    • Karen Porter LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Once we start this, when does it stop? WE need to choose a better way forward!

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    • Emily Brunson LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      As residents we deserve the opportunity to let our opinions be part of the process. This process was begun in secrecy, and must be brought into the harsh light of day and scrutinized closely. I believe once we residents of Lubbock have the real facts in hand we will immediately choose to keep fracking out of our city.

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    • Jane Henry LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe water is the single greatest concern we have in Lubbock and this process both uses water we need for other purposes and threatens to contaminate our limited and non-rechargable Ogallala Aquifer. Until more conclusive scientific data is available, I feel it is irresponsible to gamble with our most precious resource. I am very fearful of the dangers of fracking.

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    • Daniel Spray LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Fresh water is rapidly becoming the most precious resource we have. Hydraulic fracturing contaminates massive amounts of fresh water and endangers our entire fresh water supply. The decision to allow this is short sighted and destructive.

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