We are very passionate about the effects this natural gas industry is having on the health of United States citizens. Education is power, and many of these facts are available by searching the internet for gas wells, natural gas drilling,or go to www.gaswells.org.The federal government put laws in place to protect our environment and the health and lives of U.S. citizens. The Natural Gas Industry is allowed sweeping environmental exemptions from these EPA, HAZMAT and OSHA laws. These exemptions are known as "The Halliburton Loophole." This has given the gas industry carte blanche to obtain United States land leaving toxic air, water, soil and human devastation in their wake.
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The Natural Gas Industry, IS:
None of these exemptions are acceptable to any citizen who is educated about the health risks involved with the current practices used to supply a need for fossil fuel. We (as a country) need to find alternative methods for energy, and stand firm in making the current practices safe for all citizens. The very least acceptable action is to abolish all of these exemptions, and regulate the natural gas industry.
We the citizens of The United States of America do hereby present this petition to ALL the Federally elected officials of the United States of America to block all future natural gas well permits being requested by the natural gas industry in the United States of America until this industry complies with all EPA, Hazmat and OSHA regulations put in place to protect United States citizens.
This is a passionate plea to preserve the health of our families and the value of our homes. This industry claims exemption from disclosing their use of toxic chemicals because they say it is a trade secret, like "Coca Cola." The chemicals they use are highly toxic.
We are not talking about drinking a soft drink over dinner, we are talking about dying from leukemia, neuromuscular diseases and acute asthma attacks. We are talking about losing the value of our homes. Not being able to sell our homes if it is too close to a gas well because FHA no longer will lend money to homebuyers for homes too close to gas wells. Being limited or not being able to obtain homeowners insurance. Being subject to having to evacuate our homes because of an explosion or being injured from an explosion.
The natural gas industry and government officials are knowingly risking the lives of our families and the values of our homes. They are putting everyone including emergency workers and medical personnel surrounding these gas wells at very high risk. The gas in the gas gathering pipelines is scent free so if there is a leak there is no way for a citizen to know until someone lights a match. They are especially compromising the health of the many children and elderly who live in the United States.
Many of the damages that have already occurred are irreversible. We don't have time to wait for more studies. Human beings are already sick and dying. The time has come for a moratorium on all further natural gas drilling until they are fully regulated and compliant with all United States laws.
WE, THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STAND UNITED AGAINST ANY FURTHER NATURAL GAS WELL PERMITS. WE STAND UNITED TO LIFT ALL EXEMPTIONS ON CURRENT GAS WELLS AND CLEAN THEM UP. TO BE ALLOWED TO BE FREE FROM THE DANGERS THIS INDUSTRY IS POSING TO THE HEALTH OF OUR FAMILIES VIA TOXINS IN THE AIR, WATER, AND LAND. TO BE FREE FROM DANGEROUS EXPLOSIONS AND EVACUATIONS AND TO BE ALLOWED TO BE FREE FROM DISTURBANCE OF OUR PEACE AND TO PRESERVE THE VALUE OF OUR HOMES.