You Can Make A Difference

“Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.”
—Jane Addams
We know that one person can make a difference. Look at the lives of Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, David Brower, and millions of unnamed citizens who took the time to raise their voices and express their love of this beautiful Earth, the planet that sustains us.

Please take the time to write a letter or make a phone call to your Senators and Representatives on behalf of the following issues.  You CAN make a difference! 

Hydrofracking is not a new process. It was first used commercially in 1949 by Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oilfield service companies. Over the years, the process has been revamped to achieve more effective combinations of chemicals and pressure, enabling drillers to tap gas in ever-deeper and more challenging formations. In 1995, fracking was used in only a small percentage of gas wells, but by 2008, it was being used in nine out of 10 of the roughly 32,000 wells drilled in the U.S. each year. As the technology made it possible to reach resources that had been inaccessible, estimates of the nation’s gas reserves jumped by two-thirds. Thirty-one states were being drilled in 2008.

In Montana, ten thousand permits have been purchased on state, federal and private lands from the Rocky Mountain front to the western North Dakota border and beyond…..Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) will be used to extract oil and natural gas from each well.  Water is permanently contaminated and stored in “dry holes”, which in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania have caused dozens of earthquakes.  Thousands of wells and natural springs have been contaminated with toxic substances related to nearby oil and gas wells.

Fracking works like this: First, a well is drilled thousands of feet into the earth, passing through layers of rock and water until it reaches the place where the gas is trapped — in shale, tight sands or some other geological formation. The well bore, which narrows as it gets deeper, is partially encased in steel pipe, and concrete is pumped into the space surrounding it, extending deep enough to seal off the drinking water aquifers. The concrete and steel are supposed to separate the well from everything except the target zone at the bottom.

pressure per square inch. The intense pressure cracks open the deep rocks, releasing the gas. Sand or other particles mixed with the fluids prop open the artificially created fractures so that gas and fluids can flow freely. Sometimes the drilling is turned to run horizontally — deliberately angled to reach across thin layers of gas- and oil-bearing rock. When horizontal wells are fracked, they use vast Water is permanently contaminated and stored in “dry holes”, which in O Then the fracking begins. Between 200,000 and 6 million gallons of water are mixed with a cocktail of solvents, surfactants and acids — about 1 percent by volume — and pumped into the well under thousands of pounds of hio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania have caused dozens of earthquakes.  Thousands of wells and natural springs have been contaminated with toxic substances related to nearby oil and gas wells.

Potential environmental and social consequences are great.  To find out more about fracking check out a few links: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/article_57043e52-25ee-11e0-b5c0-001cc4c002e0.html

http://www.hcn.org/issues/43.11/hydrofracked-one-mans-quest-for-answers-about-natural-gas-drilling/print_view

http://coloradoindependent.com/tag/hydrofracking

Below is a petition that is active in NYS right now:

To the Governor, Assembly, and Senate of New York: We, the undersigned, oppose hydrofracking for natural gas because it would:

contaminate our water,

reduce property values,

·kill jobs and our economy by destroying the environmental foundations for a sustainable prosperity,

·make people sick and diseased from the release of toxics into our water, air, and land,

·accelerate global warming by releasing billions of tons carbon dioxide and methane, and

·divert precious time and money away from building a clean energy system based on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, wave, ground heat, sustainable biofuels, and a smart grid.

We therefore urge you to enact a permanent ban on hydrofracking for natural gas in New York State.

Contact your Senators and Representatives today and urge them to learn more about long term environmental and social problems caused by hydrofracking

Clean Water Action.org
Remember, phone calls and letters make more of an impact than e-mails.

Write:
Representative ____________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Senator ____________
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

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