— by Christian Gerlach
I started my own campaign on CREDO’s new site that allows activists to start their own petitions.
My petition, which is to the Nevada Legislature and Governor Sandoval, asks the following:
Please pass an amendment to the Nevada state constitution banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing in the state of Nevada.
Hydraulic fracturing is the process by which water and various chemicals, including known carcinogens, are injected underground at high pressur to break up rock to release natural gas and oil for extraction.
The problem is that this water, after having been infused with the chemicals, often gets into the water table and poisons the water. Furthermore, hydraulic fracturing is exempt from the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and any oversight from government agencies because of the 2005 Energy Policy Act and its “Halliburton loophole,” which excludes fracking companies (like Halliburton) from regulation.
Water is our most precious resource in the desert! We need to spread the word about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing in order to ban hydraulic fracturing in Nevada!