Petition - Protect Workers From Fracking

Marcellus Shale fracking rig

Fracking is incredibly dangerous for workers operating drilling sites.

Fracking jobs regularly expose workers to numerous toxic chemicals and fracking sites that operate 24 hours a day.

Workers are paying the price — daily life on the job puts their health at risk, and accidents and explosions regularly take lives. These are not the long-term sustainable jobs people deserve.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is failing to protect workers from the dangers associated with fracking. We must re-build energy systems around real solutions — efficiency, conservation and renewables — that will create not only more jobs, but safer jobs for workers.

Sign below to call on OSHA to protect workers from the dangers of drilling and fracking.

Learn more about fracking

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 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 as a result of 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.
  • 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.
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Dear Occupational Safety and Health Administration,

Please take tough action to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for their exploitive practices and to protect workers.

[Your Name]
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