Fracking in National Parks – Take Action (please)

August 14, 2013 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

Please take a moment to post a message regarding fracking in our parks!  

Fracking uses MASSIVE amounts of water…5 million gallons of ‘the source of all life on Earth’ to frack a well – and there are tens of thousands of wells.  

Effects of fracking can be seen making water shortages worse in Texas towns: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/11/texas-tragedy-ample-oil-no-water 

There are also massive concerns about toxins contaminating the remaining water near fracking sites: recently-published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) shows alarming levels of arsenic…

http://www.mining.com/high-levels-of-arsenic-in-water-near-fracking-sites-in-texas-97615/ 

So take a moment to throw up a message about fracking in National Parks, please!  

http://www.npca.org/about-us/center-for-park-research/fracking/ 

 

Below is a message from Nicholas Lund (NPCA).  His letter is available online at http://my.npca.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=0&em_id=19041.0  

Dear Friend of the National Parks,

Now is your chance. NPCA is concerned about the future protection of national parks in areas of growing oil and gas development, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. NPCA’s recent report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) recommended ways in which the federal government can protect our National Park System while continuing to develop our country’s energy resources. 

Now you can help make those recommendations a reality by telling the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to include more protections for national parks in their proposed fracking rules.   

The BLM is only accepting comments through the Regulations.gov website. Here’s how you can submit your comments:

  1. Click here and fill out the necessary information (this link takes you to the regulations.gov website). 
  2. Add your personalized message about the draft BLM fracking rule in the “Comment” box.  Talking points and sample text for your comment are provided below.
  3. When you’re finished, make sure to click the blue “Continue” button on the lower right of the form.

Talking Points/Sample Comments

I’m writing about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule regulating the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on federal and tribal lands. I care deeply about America’s National Park System and am concerned that increased oil and gas development could harm the water, air, wildlife habitat, and visitor experience at national parks where oil and gas is booming. I hope that the BLM rule is strengthened to protect national parks and their visitors, natural resources, and wildlife.

Specifically, I want the rule to be amended to include the National Park Service (NPS) as a formal cooperating agency wherever there is leasing or drilling that may harm national park resources. Presently, NPS has very little say on drilling that occurs near its borders, which means BLM does not learn about impacts to National Parks directly from those whose duty it is to manage the resources.

Additionally, please amend this rule to require drilling companies to disclose more of the chemicals they use in their fracking formulas, and to disclose this information before drilling begins, not after. The possibility that fracking chemicals or waste products may spill or could otherwise contaminate waters that run through national parks is a very serious concern. To ensure that parks are protected, please also include provisions in this rule that increase the amount of air and water monitoring that drillers must do when they operate near parks.

National parks are our most treasured places. They can and must be protected as America develops its energy resources. Thank you

For other ideas on information you could include in your comments, please read NPCA’s report on fracking near national parks.

Thank you for helping to protect our national parks!

Sincerely,

Nick

Nicholas Lund, 
Manager, NPCA’s Oil and Gas Campaign

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