Tell President Obama and Congress: NAT GAS Act?  No Fracking Way!
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Tell President Obama and Congress: NAT GAS Act? No Fracking Way!

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      National Grassroots Coalition

Our nation is on a perilous course, which, unless reversed quickly, poses a profound threat to public health and our environment.  Legislation called the NAT GAS Act has been introduced in Congress that would, if passed and signed into law, accelerate the pace of this destructive path by shackling our country to a ruinous energy policy.

A relatively little known technology invented by Halliburton called hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is being heralded as a “safe" way to extract what the industry is calling America’s new “clean" energy – natural gas.  DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE:  FRACKING IS DANGEROUS AND THERE IS NOTHING CLEAN ABOUT FRACKED NATURAL GAS. 

As revealed in documentary films such as Gasland, studies like the Hazen and Sawyer report commissioned by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and articles like the recent  New York Times investigationevidence of serious toxic hazard caused by hydraulic fracturing is irrefutable and overwhelming.  Because of  provisions in the 2005 energy bill – known as the "Halliburton loophole" - fracking is not only legal, it is exempted from laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act, that were intended to protect us from this sort of practice.  42 USC 15801, Sec. 322 and 323.

Fracking involves injecting a mix of millions of gallons of water, sand and tons of toxic chemicals deep underground at very high pressure.  Some of this deadly cocktail returns to the surface and is further laden with radiation and volatile organic compounds.  It is hazardous waste, and untreatable; however, because of the Halliburton loophole, the produced hazardous waste is frequently released into our ecosystem in careless and thoughtless ways, poisoning our environment and sickening our citizens.  With the gas industry planning to frack tens of thousands more wells in more than 30 states, the drinking water, air, food supply, and health of millions of Americans is now very much in jeopardy. 

Led by T. Boone Pickens, the oil and gas industry is currently spending a fortune lobbying Congress for the NAT GAS Act, which provides tax incentives for fleets of natural gas powered heavy-duty trucks and vehicles and the associated infrastructure.  If the NAT GAS Act becomes law, it will create a tremendous increase in the demand for fracked natural gas and will shackle our country to an energy policy that depends on this dangerous drilling practice for decades to come.   This is the wrong choice for America. 

Urge President Obama and members of Congress to withdraw support for the NAT GAS Act and reject any federal subsidies or incentives for natural gas unless and until shale gas drilling is proven safe.  Let them know we want a truly clean and renewable energy future.

 

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    • Deborah Friedman SARATOGA, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      There is no way that regulations are going to keep our air and water clean with fracking.

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    • Jennifer Giasone ROSELLE, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I want Obama to live up to his promise to promote green initiatives that create jobs, not hidden projects masked to be good for both the economy and environment. If there is no environment in which to live, what difference does it make if there are jobs or not?

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    • JEANHEE KIM NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a resident of NYC, I am concerned about the safety and security of my drinking water and also the health and welfare of the beloved Catskills region where my husband and I were married, and spend many weekends and vacations hiking, skiing(we hope soon with our young children), and visiting with friends. It is a beautiful part of the country, within a few hours of the city, that we would like to continue to enjoy as our children grow.

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    • Brian Lange RHINEBECK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am greatly concerned about the myriad of unknowns involved with fracking. Additionally, we must protect our water table and the agricultural heritage of the Hudson Valley. Hydro fracting threatens both of these.

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    • Donald Krull ELBERT, CO
      • almost 3 years ago

      I don't get the impression that the companies that are conducting frac'ing are adequately assessing the impact on our environment

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