Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a dangerous form of oil and gas production that pollutes our air and water and endangers our climate. Yet the U.S. Bureau of Land Management allows fracking on our beautiful public lands.
The agency auctions off oil and gas leases on public lands across America, and about 90 percent of wells on federal lands are fracked. This fracking boom endangers wildlife and our health.
Fracking involves blasting huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals into the earth to break up rocks. About 25 percent of fracking chemicals could cause cancer, scientists say. Fracking also leads to massive emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
The Bureau of Land Management recently proposed the first regulations for fracking on public lands. While the proposal increases oversight somewhat, it also allows this dangerous activity to continue and expand. Tell the agency to protect our environment by prohibiting fracking on public lands.
Dear Director Pool,
I urge you to implement a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on our beautiful public lands. This dangerous form of oil and gas development, which pollutes our air and water and threatens our climate, is simply too harmful to allow in publicly owned wild places.
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The Bureau of Land Management manages more than 245 million acres of public lands and administers about 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. Your agency is required to protect the environmental, air, atmospheric, water and other resource values of public lands.
Instead, the agency has auctioned off oil and gas leases on public lands across America. About 90 percent of wells drilled on federal land are fracked, according to Bureau of Land Management officials. This fracking boom poses an enormous threat to our public health, our wildlife, and our national environmental heritage.
Fracking involves blasting huge amounts of water mixed with toxic chemicals deep into the earth to break up rocks and release oil and gas. About 25 percent of fracking chemicals could cause cancer, scientists say.