We advocate to ban fracking on our public lands – and everywhere
Fracking for oil and natural gas accelerates climate change. It threatens the water we drink, the air we breathe and our health. The evidence against fracking is strong and growing every day. That is why it’s particularly dumbfounding that the Bureau of Land Management would allow fracking on our public lands, despite widespread opposition. No amount of regulation can protect our treasured federal lands from the consequences of fracking.
Fracking has already caused serious damage to our public lands
Millions of acres have already been leased by oil and gas companies – and could expand to 200 million acres. These are just a few of the parks that could potentially be affected. This is bad for the air, this is bad for the water, and this is bad for tourism. Accidental spills of toxic waste, air pollution, earthquakes, and drinking water contamination are just some of the known dangers of drilling; none of this is acceptable on the public lands or around National Parks that are near and dear to people’s hearts. Even worse, fracking accelerates climate change, which is a severe threat to our public lands and our entire planet.
Sources: Esri, National Atlas of the United States, United State Energy Information Administration and the United States Geological Survey
In March 2015, despite receiving 650,000 public comments from people in favor of a ban on fracking on public lands, President Obama’s Bureau of Land Management – an agency whose mission is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations” – finalized weak new rules for drilling and fracking on federal lands that will not protect these lands from damage.
Discover the policies and influence peddling that have led to the growth of the fracking industry and how a growing movement is working to ban fracking in Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment by our executive director, Wenonah Hauter.
Food & Water Watch is organizing in communities across the country to pass an immediate ban on fracking on public lands in Congress, which is the only way to truly protect these treasured places, and is a critical step in protecting the climate on which we all depend.