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Mark Bittman

Fracking on Public Lands

In the United States, we are privileged to share in the bounty of our national parks and public lands. Most of these lands, and the minerals found beneath them, are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a federal agency that recently released revised rules for fracking on these lands. In a June 25 speech on climate change, President Obama announced his intent to rapidly increase domestic production of oil and gas – in levels that can only be obtained through fracking and drilling. 


But these are our lands, and fracking threatens not only our air, water, health and public lands, but it also exacerbates climate change, threatening our collective future. The new rules are weak and ineffective. It’s time to send a clear message to President Obama and his Bureau of Land Management: Fracking is inherently unsafe and can’t be part of any climate solution.

Sign the petition

I am calling for a ban on fracking on all federal lands. This land is our land and should be managed for the good of the people, not corporate profits for the oil and gas industry. The proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on Federal and Indian lands are too weak. The best way to protect our air, water, wildlife, climate and public health is simply to prohibit this inherently dangerous form of fossil fuel extraction.

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