by Claire Morgenstern
The fracking boom has already taken a devastating toll on communities across America, leaving toxic pollution and plummeting property values in its wake.
Now, the oil and gas industry has set its sights on our national forests, wildlife refuges and even lands within view of national parks.
President Obama promised to protect us from the ravages of fracking, but instead of safeguarding our natural heritage and its supplies of clean drinking water, his administration is preparing to step aside and let fracking run roughshod over them.
NRDC is launching an all-out campaign to stop the fracking juggernaut from invading our last wild places, threatening our drinking water supplies and devastating more communities across the country. You can do your part to help by making your voice heard in defense of our public lands.
Tell President Obama to rein in Big Oil & Gas by imposing a fracking moratorium on all federal lands — one that will last until he keeps his promise to protect us from the excesses of the oil and gas industry.
Here’s what’s at stake: wild places from Virginia to California, clean drinking water for millions of Americans, and backyards across the country where the government controls the oil and gas rights beneath private property.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), charged with safeguarding our public lands from the worst abuses of fracking, has just proposed a shocking set of rules that reads like an industry wish list.
Those rules would not stop energy companies from fracking next to national parks, inside national forests, and across millions more acres of treasured lands. Nor would they stop the frackers from drilling alongside drinking water supplies on public lands.
Here are just a few of the places where the BLM is essentially preparing to hang out a sign that says “Open for Drilling”: Virginia’s George Washington National Forest, Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, Colorado’s White River National Forest, California’s Los Padres National Forest, and lands outside Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks.
Plus, the BLM controls the drilling rights to some 57 million acres of private property — a vast area as big as Georgia.
So for many Americans, BLM has the power to green light fracking operations literally in their own backyards. Do you think an agency that has cozied up to the oil and gas lobby should decide the fate of vulnerable citizens from coast to coast?
With one stroke of his pen, President Obama can safeguard our natural heritage, protect our drinking water and shield communities from California to Virginia that sit near public oil and gas reserves.
It’s up to us to hold him to his word and protect the American people from an oil and gas industry that is running amok.
But that’s not all. If we want to stave off catastrophic climate change, we must also call on the President to move America beyond all fossil fuels as rapidly as possible, toward a future powered by 100 percent clean energy.
Are you in? Take action now: Tell President Obama to impose a fracking moratorium on all federal lands.
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