Save Nevada’s Water —Ban Fracking in Nevada

TO: NEVADA’S GOVERNOR, NEVADA BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, AND NEVADA DIVISION OF MINERALS

Pass Legislation in the state of Nevada banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of natural gas and oil, and/or convince the administrators within The Nevada Bureau of Land Management and Nevada Division of Minerals with the power to stop the gas and oil companies from fracking Nevada and deny further permits to Noble Energy and others whom seek permits for similar purposes. But Don’t just wait for the Petition, give the powers that be a piece of your mind.

  • Call Governor Brian Sandoval at (702) 486-2500 and Phone: (775) 684-5670
  • Call The Nevada Division of Minerals Mr. Lowell Price or Alan Coyner (775) 684-7040
  • The Desert Research Institute (775) 673-7300
  • The Nevada Department Of Environmental Protection Mr. Alan Tinney (775) 687-9433

Why is this important?

Hydraulic Fracturing is the process by which thousands of gallons of water per minute and various chemicals including known carcinogens are injected underground at high pressures to break up rock to release natural gas and oil for extraction. This process is not the only way the gas and oil companies drill for gas and oil. It is just that this process releases more oil and natural gas in theory. The EPA website explains the process and has a subsequent link to an interactive presentation explaining the process in detail presented by National Geographic.

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 The 2005 Energy Act and the Halliburton Loophole.

(ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005. Go to Page 102, Section 322. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. SEC. 322. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. Paragraph (1) of section 1421(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300h(d)) is amended to read as follows:

(1) UNDERGROUND INJECTION. The term underground injection

(A) means the subsurface emplacement of fluids by well injection; and

(B) EXCLUDES

(i) the underground injection of natural gas for purposes of storage; and

(ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities.)

In England hydraulic fracturing has been linked to causing earth quakes by changing underground topography and resulting subterranean settling. In Oklahoma the state is investigating the link between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes.

The problem has gotten so bad, that in some areas that get their water from wells, the wells themselves end up venting natural gas resulting in flammable water well heads and flammable gas build up in plumbing systems. In Wyoming hydraulic fracturing has poisoned ranchers water to the point to which one can fill up a trough and take a blow torch to the surface of it and form plastics from all the chemicals infused with the water.

Water is the most precious resource in the desert! The gas and oil companies plan on starting hydraulic fracturing in the state of Nevada. Proposed counties include Southern Clark, Nye, and Elko.

This could cripple our tourism industry too. There are assertions we lost a lot of visitors just with the talk of possible ground water contamination from the Yucca mountain project, so can you imagine what this could do to our state? Not to mention what could happen to the ranchers in northern Nevada, their waters, and industries. We need help getting the campaign off the ground. We need volunteers to collect signatures. We need to spread the word about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing. And we need to ban hydraulic fracturing in Nevada!

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Berkley Campaign: Shame on Dean Heller

A Gleeful Heller Tries to Score Political Points As Hundreds
of Nevadans Lose Their Jobs at Amonix

 Las Vegas – The Shelley Berkley for Senate campaign released the following statement after Senator Dean Heller cheered the fact that hundreds of Nevadans lost their jobs when Amonix, a Nevada clean energy company, shut down.  Republican Governor Sandoval praised the company at its ribbon cutting.

The Heller campaign’s release did not once reference the unfortunate circumstances of those who lost their jobs.

“Shame on Senator Dean Heller,” said Xochitl Hinojosa, Berkley for Senate Communications Director.  “While Shelley Berkley and Republican Governor Brian Sandoval are working to make Nevada the clean energy jobs capital of America, Senator Heller is cheering the fact that hundreds of Nevadans have just lost their jobs because he thinks it will help his political campaign.  However, Heller’s rooting for failure should come as no surprise to Nevada’s middle-class given his track record protecting tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas and defending China’s unfair trade policies that are cheating Nevada workers out of thousands of good paying jobs.  It’s time for Heller to put Nevada first by joining Shelley Berkley and Republican Governor Sandoval to find solutions that put people back to work.  Those who are unemployed deserve more from their Senator.”

Released: July 18, 2012
By: Xochitl Hinojosa 702-675-6722 / 702-483-1826;  Colin Milligan 702-675-6711 / 702-582-9643

NV Dems Respond to Sandoval Reluctantly Endorsing Mitt Romney

Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada State Democratic Party released the following statement in response to Governor Brian Sandoval’s endorsement of Mitt Romney today:

After all other alternatives were exhausted, Governor Sandoval reluctantly held his nose to endorse Mitt Romney.  It’s no wonder he took so long given Romney’s record of laying off workers to ship their jobs overseas, refusal to help families losing their homes and belief that Wall Street billionaires should pay a lower tax rate than teachers, police officers and janitors.”

And now that Sandoval has endorsed Romney – here are some questions Nevadans deserve answers from Sandoval:

  • Does Sandoval support Romney’s position that the foreclosure crisis needs to “hit the bottom?”
  • Does he support Romney’s position to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood and restrict women’s access to contraception?
  • Does he support allowing billionaires like Romney to pay a lower income tax rate than waitresses or housekeepers?
  • Does he support Romney’s pledge to veto the DREAM Act if elected?

Governor Sandoval, we await your reply.