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.