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
Nevada Needs to take a stand and Protect it's Water!!!
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To: Nevada's Governor, Nevada Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Minerals, The Entire Nevada Legislature, and the 17 County Commissions of Nevada
Save Nevada's Water: Ban Fracking In Nevada
Pass Legislation in the state of Nevada, at all levels of government, banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of natural gas and oil. We would like to 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, to deny any further permits to Noble Energy and other corporations whom seek permits for similar purposes. Please 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
The Clark County Commission (702) 455-3500
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 of 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 has confirmed the link between disposal of waste water from hydraulic fracturing to 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 gas build up in plumbing systems to a sufficiently high enough concentration that will allow you to set your tap on fire. In Wyoming hydraulic fracturing has poisoned rancher's 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 Clark County, and have already started to frack the state of Nevada in Nye, White Pine, and Elko.
Any resulting groundwater and surface water contamination could cripple our tourism industry. 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 farming 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!
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, The 17 County Commissions, and Noble Energy.