American Petroleum Institute: Stop Bullying Communities That Don’t Want Fracking
  • Petitioned Jack N. Gerard

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Jack N. Gerard
American Petroleum Institute

American Petroleum Institute: Stop Bullying Communities That Don’t Want Fracking

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Not content with the power it holds over lawmakers in Washington, the American Petroleum Institute is now waging a battle against small towns.

The powerful oil and gas lobbying group has weighed in on an important court case that will decide whether a town in rural, upstate New York has the right to ban oil and gas drilling activities – including the controversial fracking method – within its town borders. API, predictably, thinks that no town should have that right. 

Of the ten largest U.S. oil and gas companies, nine are API members. All nine of these companies have headquarters in Texas, Oklahoma, or California – states where courts or legislatures have determined that towns or cities have the right to ban oil or gas drilling within their borders.

API members lost these battles on their home turf. Now they are trying to deny those rights in states where they want to open up large-scale oil and gas development.

Towns that want to ban drilling and fracking shouldn’t have to worry about facing off in court against API, the most powerful lobbying group in the country.

Will you tell the American Petroleum Institute to back off of communities that don’t want fracking and stop joining legal challenges against them? Sign the petition to support small towns standing up to the oil and gas industry.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jessica Driscoll CANYON COUNTRY, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Fracking is going on less than 10 minutes away from me. I dont want my kids drinking these chemicals. On top of that, I have had 7 respiratory infections back to back. There has got to be a connection.

    • Mary Sherman ANNAPOLIS, MD
      • 10 months ago

      After watching Gasland II on HBO, I am convinced that fracking is the most destructive form of fossil energy extraction around. It is not the answer to energy problems - only renewables will take us safely into the next century.

    • Margaret Hadad TARRYTOWN, NY
      • 10 months ago

      We need to protect not destruct our nature that comes under our protection. When we keep building we push our wildlife from their habitat. We can travel in space but we cannot come up with a solution so that wolfs and other wildlife have their space. Wolfs must be saved for the future generations.

      • 10 months ago


    • Rosemary Everett CUPERTINO, CA
      • 12 months ago

      I strongly object to the API presenting fracking as our energy salvation when the environmental and health hazards of fracking are so enormous.


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