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To: Senator Reid, Senator Heller, Governor Sandoval, Nevada Legislature
Nevada's Public Health is at Risk: We Want a Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a method of natural gas extraction that is proving to be very detrimental to public health.
One of our goals as a nation and as a state is to protect public health. It is imperative we know the implications of hydraulic fracturing on our citizens in order to make an informed decision about this industry conducting business in Nevada.
A moratorium is needed in order to allow science time to study the method further.
Why is this important?
This is an urgent issue because 350,000 acres of Nevada land has been sold with more due to be auctioned and fracking is set to begin this year.
In states where hydraulic fracturing is occurring such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wyoming, and Texas, evidence of cancer, asthma, neurological issues, and death as a result of contamination and accidents has been documented. Some of those studying these risks are scientists and professors at Cornell, UC Berkley, Yale, Harvard, and Penn State (to name a few).
Another critical risk is to our food supply. Livestock deaths from fracking fluids seeping into pastures (such as pictured above) pose serious risks to our food supply: 1) the cattle can directly enter our food supply by being sent to slaughter 2) they can be ground up into feedstock and fed to pigs and chickens which then enter our food supply. Another issue is contaminated crops through seepage of fracking fluids onto farmlands.
There are numerous pathways of contamination that puts public health at risk. If we fail to allow time for research, the costs associated with these could far exceed any projected revenue from drilling.
Nevada wants a moratorium in order to allow science time to study the potential risks of hydraulic fracturing.
How it will be delivered
I intend to stage a press conference