Call for an Immediate Moratorium on Fracking in the United States
  • Petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

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Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
President of the United States

Call for an Immediate Moratorium on Fracking in the United States

    1. Justin Hirsch
    2. Petition by

      Justin Hirsch

      Steamboat Springs, CO

The dangerous and largely unregulated practice of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is sweeping the United States. This practice injects millions of gallons of contaminated water deep into the earth, with disastrous results for human and environmental health. On average, over 600 chemical compounds are used in the "fracking solution" that is injected into the drill site to break up rock formations trapping natural gas and oil. These chemicals include know carcinogens and neurotoxins, but because of a bill passed under George W. Bush know as the Cheney Loophole, the industry is exempt from the Clean Water Act. With extreme carelessness and impunity these companies risk, and often do, contaminate water tables, pollute rivers and streams, and contaminate the air destroying ecosystems and human life along the way. This practice is set to expand exponentially over the next decade unless we do something to stop it.

I ask you to join me in demanding a reverse of the Cheney Loophole, so that the fracking industry has to play by the same rules as everyone else. I also ask for a nation-wide moratorium on fracking effective immediately, until a legitimate environmental assessment of the process can be undertaken, and risky and destructive actions be remedied. It is only a matter of time until this happens in your back yard too. Thank you for standing with me for a better, cleaner future.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. The Delaware River Basin: Ground Zero for the Fracking Debate

      Justin Hirsch
      Petition Organizer

      This is potentially the largest decision regarding fracking in many years. This vote will impact the lives of more than 15 million people, and will be an important rallying cry for many.


    Reasons for signing

    • Danielle Verner COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Hydraulic fracturing would destroy the land my family has grown up on for 20 years. Our resources are more important than a quick fix energy solution. Invest in renewable energy instead.

    • Vicki Lee AKRON, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Fracking uses 5 million gallons of fresh water per well. Sand & toxic chemicals are also used. There is no safe place to put the contaminated water when it comes out of the well. There is a question that it caused earthquakes in Youngstown, Ohio. We are in the Lake Erie watershed, and are risking a major source of the Earth's drinking water. Fracturing destroys the land, water and air. It destroys communities, health, and our children's futures.

    • Rose Leeper SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Allowing the poisonous fracturing of our planet for corporate profit should be stopped now. The slithering parasites of the Oil and Gas Industry seek to suffocate and bleed our world dry. Our government effectively supports that slow death when they fail to investigate, regulate, and end the contamination of the very air we breathe and our precious water, the lifeblood of every living thing on earth. Stop Hydraulic Fracking!

      • almost 3 years ago

      We already know fracking is dangerous, is causes serious illness to people who consume the water it contaminates. That alone should be enough to halt this unregulated system. Another series of serious questions should be "what does it do to our Earth?" There is just too much danger below ground and above for us to "regulate" something we don't understand.

    • Marlene Aron SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The very health of our children and grandchildren are at risk. Toxic chemicals go deep into the earth, contaminating our water and all things that must grow. Please, stop this horrible practice now. Say no to fracking!


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