Sign the Petition - Ban Fracking on Public Lands!

Beautiful public land

Fracking has already caused serious damage to our public lands, particularly in the areas that serve to buffer America’s most precious national parks and monuments. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land, and over 200 million more acres are currently being targeted for drilling.

No amount of regulation will protect us or our public lands from the impacts of fracking. Regulated fracking still results in harm to people's health, accidental spills of toxic waste, air pollution, earthquakes, drinking water contamination, habitat destruction and worsening climate change.

The only way to protect ourselves and our land from the risks of fracking is to ban it altogether.

Send an email to your members of Congress to support and co-sponsor the bill to ban fracking on public lands.

More on fracking and public lands

Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources. 

To frack a well, operators mix millions of gallons of water with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, and then pump it all into the earth at extreme pressure to try to break up rock formations so that oil and natural gas might flow.

Drilling and fracking:

  • require millions of gallons of water for each well, competing with farmers for local water supplies;
  • produce massive amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste with no good disposal options;
  • contaminate sources of drinking water, given disposal problems and the thousands of leaks and spills every year;
  • can lead houses and water wells to explode, due to contamination from methane and other harmful gases; and
  • bring untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road  damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services.

Despite widespread public opposition, the Obama administration allows fracking on many of our federal public lands, including lands around national parks. But fracking isn’t safe: it puts our parks and nearby communities at serious risk of drinking water contamination, among other threats. It shouldn’t be allowed anywhere, never mind on our iconic and cherished public spaces.

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Dear [Members of Congress],

Preventing fracking on federal lands is essential to protecting our drinking water and public and environmental health, as well as iconic places in American history and culture. It is also essential in any serious proposal to address global warming.

I urge you to take strong action now to safeguard our communities and environment for current and future generations by supporting a bill to ban fracking on public lands, and working to help make this landmark legislation law.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]