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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Ban Fracking on Public Lands

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Our communities continue to suffer through the health and environmental effects of drilling, fracking, fossil fuel development and climate change.

Congress must ban fracking completely. Add your support to the "Protect Our Public Lands Act."

Dear Friend,

Fracking has already caused serious damage to our health, livelihoods, public lands and precious climate. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land, and more than 200 million more acres are currently being targeted for drilling – even areas that surround America’s most precious National Parks and monuments.1 If big oil and gas corporations get their way, the consequences would be disastrous.

No amount of regulation will protect us from the impacts of fracking. The only way to protect the health of our communities, the integrity of our land and water, and the future of our planet from the risks of fracking is to ban it altogether.

Take Action: Ask your members of Congress to support and co-sponsor the bill to ban fracking on public lands.

There is no amount of regulation that can make fracking safe. Regulated fracking still results in harm to people's health, accidental spills of toxic waste, air pollution, earthquakes, drinking water contamination, habitat destruction and worsening climate change.2 In addition, the Government Accountability Office reports that the majority of high-risk oil and gas wells drilled between 2009 and 2012 have never been inspected.3 As a result, public lands, our communities, and our planet are paying the price.

We must ban fracking on protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the health of our communities, and the planet on which we all depend.

Fracking is the toxic process of extracting oil or gas by blasting water and industrial chemicals underground. It is an extremely dangerous corporate extraction process that is a direct and immediate threat to the drinking water, air, food, health, wildlife, climate, and economy. Big oil and gas companies are pushing hard to get the federal government to give up our precious public land for further exploitation and corporate profit, but we can stop them.

Right now, there is a bill in Congress to help safeguard our communities, our environment and our climate for current and future generations from the dangerous effects of fracking. Rep. Mark Pocan's Protect Our Public Lands Act of 2015 (HR 1902) would ban all fracking in future and modified leases on federal lands.4

Take action now.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

— Matt, Favianna, Oscar, Erick, and the rest of the Presente.org Team

Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

1. "Fracking: Predatory Companies", Greenpeace.
2. "Executive Summary, Hydraulic Fracturing Study - Draft Assessment 2015", EPA, 2015
3. "Fracking on federal lands is proceeding under faulty BLM oversight, audit finds", MinnPost, May 14, 2015.
4. "Nation’s Strongest Fracking Ban Bill Introduced to Protect Public Lands", EcoWatch, April 22, 2015.