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Petition the BLM to issue strong fracking rules

Amy Mall

Posted December 4, 2012 in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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EcoWatch, an online news service in partnership with the Waterkeeper Alliance, has posted an online petition asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to issue strong rules for fracking under federal oil and gas leases, including leasing on both public and private land.

The BLM’s draft rule on fracking is a start and long overdue, but as long as fracking is occurring on public, Indian or split estate lands, the oil and gas industry should be held to the highest standards. The BLM’s rules should be a model for the nation that protects communities and the environment, but the draft rules issued by the agency don't accomplish that, so we hope you will join others in asking for stronger regulations. As we've outlined in previous blog posts, the BLM needs to go farther to protect clean air, drinking water sources, wildlife, and nearby communities from the risks of fracking. Check out our tag blmfrackingrule for more information.

You can sign the petition and add your voice to the call for stronger fracking rules on the EcoWatch website.

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Comments

Daniel PartlowDec 5 2012 10:22 AM

We're destroying our planet and tainting everything with this stupid fracking. Please stop poisoning our world!!!!

Richard ZanderDec 7 2012 11:23 AM

The attack on fracing is totally disingenuous. This process has been occurring for 50+ years. Thousands of wells have been fracked in that time period. No evidence of ground water contamination has been presented in 50+ years.

When a well is drilled, fresh water aquifers are protected by steel surface casing which is cemented into place. Whether the wells are drilled on private, state or federal minerals, inspectors are present to insure the steel casing is cemented into place. This occurs when the cement covers the annulus(the space between the steel pipe and the drilled rock formations) from the base of the steel casing to the ground surface. This surface casing may be 1000 feet in length, it just depends on how deep the fresh water zones go. Typically they occur at 500 feet or less.

Oil and gas production zones are usually 5,000 to 15,000 feet below the freshwater zones. The interval is made up of rock. The potential production zone, 5000 to 15000 feet below the surface is where the fracing occurs.

A production casing is also cemented into place so there can be no communication (movement of fluids up the annulus of the well bore. There is no way fracing activities will affect the freshwater zones. Before you begin attacking a process, you need to learn the details of how the process works.

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