Comment on Kentucky's Oil & Gas Development

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Governor Beshear, the General Assembly and the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) are requesting comments on how Kentucky should move forward with regulating the oil and gas industry — including fracking operations.

Around the country, fracking has been known to create toxic air pollution, contaminate drinking water and lead to health problems in communities near fracking sites.
There is no safe fracking, which is why New York and Maryland decided not to move forward with it.

Kentucky communities deserve better than fracking. Tell your Kentucky lawmakers you want a ban on fracking, as well as real solutions that meet our energy needs with clean, renewable resources.

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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.
You can find more information in our reports and fact sheets on our site: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/

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Dear [Energy and Environment Cabinet]



I urge you to protect the Commonwealth by calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing.

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