Last night I had the chance to watch Gasland, along with hundreds of DFA members across the country. The movie reminded me in vivid detail of the consequences of Dick Cheney's loophole for fracking that allows the oil and gas companies to do whatever they want in their pursuit of profit.
For those who are suffering debilitating health problems from the effects of fracking, the consequences are real.
For those whose communities are without safe drinking water, the consequences are real.
And for those like Josh Fox, the director of Gasland, who are wondering if their hometown will be completely destroyed by fracking, the consequences are real.
So we're getting real too by kicking our campaign to pass the FRAC Act into high gear. We'll be collecting tens of thousands of petition signatures at Earth Day events all over the country this weekend!
Will you gather signatures offline at an Earth Day event in your community?
Help us reach our goal by gathering 50 signatures at Earth Day events near you.
If you haven't seen the Academy Award nominated HBO documentary "Gasland" yet, then you might not know exactly how bad fracking really is. Frankly, I thought I knew. Now having seen the movie, it's even worse than I thought. Here's a quick breakdown:
Halliburton, along with other oil and gas companies, has been fracking for years -- completely unregulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act -- and injecting millions of tons of toxic chemical fluids into the ground to break apart shale and release natural gas. Independent Scientists believe these chemicals are poisoning America's drinking water. However, without federal regulation, the E.P.A. doesn't have the authority to even study it -- much less stop it.
That's why we need you.
We're working to build a campaign of over 100,000 Americans fighting to pass the FRAC Act in Congress. This bill would finally close the "Halliburton Loophole" created by Dick Cheney in the 2005 energy bill by ending the controversial drilling technique's exception from the Clean Drinking Water Act.
The oil and gas industry are spending millions of dollars fighting against these common-sense regulations. Let's make sure Congress doesn't fight them alone.
Sign up to gather signatures at an Earth Day event this weekend and get everything you need to make it happen.
As Josh Fox said last night, "People are under siege by an industry that seeks to take over as much territory as possible."
Well, Larry, those people are relying on you and me.
I intend to not let them down. Can I count on you to join me?
Gregg Ross, Political Campaign Manager
Democracy for America
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