Excerpt from: CREDO Action
Every year, the Department of the Interior hands over vast areas of publicly-owned land to the fracking industry to be pillaged for corporate profit.
The federal government’s dangerous policy of encouraging fracking on public lands puts our air, water and the health of nearby communities at risk, and allows huge quantities of dirty oil and gas to be extracted and burned, fueling climate change.
If we want to stop the worst effects of climate change, we have to ban fracking on public lands. But so far, President Obama has ignored massive grassroots pressure to act, instead bragging repeatedly about the fracking-fueled boom in oil and gas production on public lands.
Reps. Mark Pocan and Jan Schakowsky recently introduced a bill to ban fracking on public lands. We can continue building the public case against fracking on public lands by urging members of Congress to go on record and support this important piece of legislation.
The scale of drilling and fracking on public lands is enormous. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land, and over 200 million more acres are currently being targeted for drilling.
- Many of these leases threaten irreplaceable national treasures, including Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, Glacier National Park in Montana, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah, and the Florida Everglades.1
But instead of acting to protect Americans, the climate and our national parks from fracking, in March President Obama’s administration released a dangerously weak set of regulations that will only encourage more fracking on public lands – even though his administration received more than 650,000 public comments on the draft rules demanding a ban on fracking on public lands.
We have to speak out now and urge members of Congress to go on record in support of banning fracking on public lands.
- “We must ban fracking on public lands. Support the Protect Our Public Lands Act of 2015 (HR 1902).”
Go to the link below to sign the petition:
Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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