Save Nevada's Water: Ban Fracking In Nevada

To: Nevada's Governor, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, and Nevada Division of Minerals

Save Nevada's Water: Ban Fracking In Nevada
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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 Richard Perry (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!

REFERENCES
http://www2.epa.gov/hydraulicfracturing/process-hydraulic-fracturing

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101022-breaking-fuel-from-the-rock/

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-109publ58/pdf/PLAW-109publ58.pdf

http://www.ogs.ou.edu/pubsscanned/openfile/OF1_2011.pdf

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21120-how-fracking-caused-earthquakes-in-the-uk.html

http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/map

http://www.knpr.org/son/archive/detail2.cfm?SegmentID=9848&ProgramID=2732

How it will be delivered

We plan to show this petition to members of Nevada's state legislature, Governor Brian Sandoval, the administration of The Nevada Bureau of Land Management , The Nevada Division of Minerals, The Desert Research Institute, The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection Agency, and Noble Energy.
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Reasons for signing

  • KAY B. 2014-04-14 03:58:24 -0400
    Elko Co water will be flammable right out of the tap. Guess where that water comes from? Run offs to the main river in drilling areas. Our aquifers are in drilling areas. Its already been proven that there is no way for drilling companies to control where the water goes as they're fracking. No matter how you dress it up- it's not good for Nevada. How does the BLM and Noble plan on dealing with the gas burnoff? Or are we trying to keep that under wraps because it’s all going to be on BLM Land?
  • Jennifer H. 2014-04-05 11:40:11 -0400
    Water is the most important and least abundant resource in Nevada. Why are we jeopardizing what little water we have by fracking? And fracking is implicated in an increase in earthquakes. Nevada is already an earthquake prone state. The only upside is for the oil/gas companies.
  • Brandy S. 2014-04-03 01:47:35 -0400
    I am a Nevada Resident and we as residents have a voice and we are not going to allow this to happen!

Updates

8 minutes ago

Public meeting on Fracking
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm
Legislative Counsel Bureau, 555 E. Washington Ave Room 4412, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
https://www.facebook.com/events/1474469519448438/
Nevada Needs to take a stand and Protect it's Water!!!
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, YOU MAY COMMENT HERE http://minerals.state.nv.us/news_announce.htm#NotPubWSsAmdtRegOGWells OR SEND IN COMMENTS THROUGH REGULAR MAIL BY MARCH 21.

3 months ago

Word in from an attendee to the interdepartmental meeting between the Nevada Division of Minerals, the Nevada EPA, the "stakeholders" (Noble Energy), and the other stake holders. According to the person we spoke to, the regulations on fracking have already been drafted, and entirely drafted by the industry. The strongest of these regulations include the monitoring of groundwater only for one mile around the well head, and the monitoring of groundwater for only 72 months. These regulations are deeply flawed in that the drilling being done in Nevada is horizontal drilling where the well bore can go more than a mile away from the well head. The next major issue is that the time it takes for frack fluid to move in the water table can exceed this time frame.
Call Governor Brian Sandoval at (702) 486-2500 or (775) 684-5670 to voice your concerns.

4 months ago

Please join us in our latest efforts by posting you sentiments on fracking on Governor Brian Sandoval's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrianSandoval and Twitter: https://twitter.com/govsandoval Hopefully we will finally get a response out of him!!! Collectively the anti-fracking movement in Nevada has over 5000 signatures: http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/nevada-s-public-health-is-at-risk-we-want-a-moratorium-on-hydraulic-fracturing & http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/prevent-fracking-in-nevada & http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/prevent-fracking-in-white-3 & http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/nevadas-public-health please sign and share them all!!!

6 months ago

We need to get the word out our organic outreach on Facebook is not yielding even a single response from any public officials. We are taking this fight to the people by purchasing airtime on local media outlets, radio stations, and ads in news papers. We need stop Noble Energy and other companies from wasting millions of gallons of our precious water, and poisoning our water table so that our future generations have this resource to live. We have started a supporting campaign on indiegogo please help us raise money to fight the oil companies and score one for Mother Earth. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-nevada-s-water-ban-frackin-in-nevada

7 months ago

We are urging everyone to take whatever time they can out of their busy schedules to call Governor Brian Sandoval at (702) 486-2500 or (775) 684-5670 and to call The Nevada Division of Minerals Mr. Lowell Price or Alan Coyner (775) 684-7040 and ask that they not Frack our state. If you have followed our Facebook posts you will see that the state agencies are dropping the ball and not living up to what little regulation that was past under SB390. Please call their have been new approved permits for fracking and more on the way.

7 months ago

Hey Everyone we are happy to say we have a Facebook page and Twitter page now. Please Like us and share the pages with your friends. https://www.facebook.com/whatthefracknv and https://twitter.com/whatthefracknv To show solidarity there is another petition started by a Janice Keiserman that we want to help promote as well. Our group hasn't talked to her yet to see what follow up she has done with the state agencies and elected officials as we have done, but we want to get as much involvement as possible. The sister petition http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/prevent-fracking-in-nevada

7 months ago

Hello we have some great updates on our collective efforts. First the petition has reached 1200 signatures!!! Thank you everyone; please don't forget from time to time to re-post the petition.
We were lucky enough to get a booth at Green Street which is a part of the First Friday Festival. We will be there starting September. With persistence we got a response from Nevada Public Radio. The folks at KNPR are going to correct the lie that went unnoticed on air from 03/13/13 when Rayola Dougher, of the American Petroleum Institute said "Fracking has to adhere to Safe Drinking Water Act."
Finally we recently updated the petition to include the phone numbers of important number to voice your concerns about fracking. Don't Frack with Nevada we'll Frack back!
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