Wednesday, August 27, we held a meeting to discuss fracking in Nevada which was attended by many tribal members and others concerned for their children's future and the future of Nevada.

The next day, August 28, many of us attended the quarterly meeting of the Commission on Mineral Resources. We spoke from the heart and made many very good points. Unfortunately the proposed regulations were approved.

We knew this would happen yet feel we still have an opportunity to stop fracking through our legislature which reconvenes the beginning of the year.

Thank you for all your support!



July 31, 2014 we held another rally at the State Capital. We submitted a letter to Governor Sandoval requesting he put a moratorium on fracking in place in order to allow for the DRI studies to be completed and the data on the implications to Nevada studied further.



July 17, 2014 we held a rally at the BLM offices in Reno. We sought to stop the lease sales for land in Reese River Valley and other locations throughout the state.
 
 


http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/ny-communities-triumph-over-fracking-industry-in-precedent-setting-case







Fracking has brought rampant environmental and economic problems to rural communities. Accidents and leaks have polluted rivers, streams and drinking water supplies. Regions peppered with drilling rigs have high levels of smog as well as other airborne pollutants, including potential carcinogens. Rural communities face an onslaught of heavy truck traffic — often laden with dangerous chemicals used in drilling — and declining property values. The health of our communities cannot coexist with fracking. Respectfully demand the BLM cancel the oil and gas lease sales. Go to our Take Action page to contact your political representatives and the media.



NEVADANS AGAINST FRACKING

Frack Free Nevada has joined with Center for Biological Diversity, Great Basin Resource Watch, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), Reno Bike Project, and Save Nevada's Water - Ban Fracking in Nevada to form Nevadans Against Fracking

Our mission is to protect Nevada's water and air, as well as the health of its citizens and wildlife by raising awareness, creating collaborations with likeminded groups and actively participating in the political process. Our goal is a total ban on fracking in Nevada.

To that end, we are seeking small donations to create bumper-stickers, t-shirts and informative pamphlets  If you would like to donate, please click on the link below. Any amount is appreciated.

 

DEMAND A FRACKING MORATORIUM ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS!

The oil and gas industry is targeting our national forests, wildlife refuges and other cherished wildlands for dangerous fracking -- and the Obama Administration is preparing to let them run roughshod over our natural heritage. Also at stake: the health of surrounding communities and clean drinking water for millions of Americans. Call on President Obama to rein in the fracking juggernaut by imposing a fracking moratorium on all federal lands.


What is fracking?


Fracking is a method of natural gas extraction that drills deep into the earth, typically 8000-10000 feet. Once a well is drilled a pipe is inserted and cement is injected to keep the gas and fluids from leaking into surrounding ground water and soil. Fluids laced with chemicals are then injected at high pressure to fracture the shale The well is then ready to "produce" gas. There are many, many problems that are occurring as a result of this method. 

Issues related to fracking, a summary:

Mineral rights trump surface rights so landowners are unable to prevent fracking on their land

Fracking fluid contains toxic chemicals. Until recently the industry would not release a list of those chemicals. Currently, they are only releasing a partial list claiming propriety information. This is a problem for many reasons including being unable to identify pollutants in the environment because agencies like the EPA don't know what to test for, doctors are unable to treat victims of fracking fluid accidents without knowing the chemicals, EMS personnel are exposed to chemicals that are unknown, etc.

Well water in fracking areas has a high incidence of being contaminated

Air emissions from transportation and production are lethal

Livestock deaths are common as are miscarriages and low production

Fracking often occurs on agricultural and grazing lands risking our food supply and no tests for fracking chemicals are currently being done on crops or livestock

Public health is at risk and include breathing issues, skin problems, nosebleeds, neurological problems, cancer, death, to name a few

High incidence of earthquakes in areas where there have been none or few in the past

High levels of stress for those affected

Financial issues due to property values plummeting, contaminated wells, livelihoods being affected (organic farms are no longer organic), medical costs, etc

For additional examples, please peruse the resource links and news links on the sidebar.


Petitions (Please sign and pass on)

I.
Biased Program

To be delivered to The Nevada State House, The Nevada State Senate, and Governor Brian Sandoval

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has come to Nevada, and the citizens of Nevada believe an unbiased party should be responsible for creating the fracking program, not agencies heavily influenced by the very industry they are tasked with overseeing.

The Nevada Legislature has given the task of developing the hydraulic fracturing program and regulations to the Nevada Division of Minerals and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, both which are heavily influenced by the oil and gas industry. This is a conflict of interest.

The evidence against the safety of hydraulic fracturing is extensive, yet hydraulic fracturing is occurring even before the legislatively mandated program is in place. We believe this is inappropriate.

We believe peer-reviewed, scientific evidence (including the impacts of fracking to air, water, soil, public health, seismic activity, radioactive materials, exclusion from federal environmental acts, and social justice issues) ought to be carefully reviewed by those tasked with developing the hydraulic fracturing program. Nevada’s natural resources and public health are too important not to review evidence carefully before allowing further fracking to occur.

We believe shortsighted monetary gain is being put ahead of safety and health. Therefore, we respectfully demand the Nevada Legislature ban fracking until an unbiased third party is identified to take over the task of developing the hydraulic fracturing program in Nevada.

II.
Nevada's Public Health is at Risk 
La Salud Pública de Nevada Está en Peligro

To be delivered to The Nevada State House, The Nevada State Senate, and Governor Brian Sandoval

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.

La fracturación hidráulica es un método de extracción de gas natural que está resultando ser muy perjudicial para la salud pública. Una de nuestras metas como nación y como estado es proteger la salud pública. Es imprescindible que sepamos cuáles son las implicaciones del fracturación hidráulica para nuestros ciudadanos para tomar una decisión informada sobre el funcionamiento de esta industria en Nevada. Se necesita un moratorio para dar tiempo a la ciencia a que siga estudiando el método.

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 have 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 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.

Esta cuestión es urgente porque se han vendido unos 350,000 acres en Nevada y hay otros que están a punto de ser subastados, y se proyecta que fracturación hidráulica va a comenzar este año. En los estados en que se está practicando la fracturación hidráulica, como Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wyoming y Texas, hay evidencia documentada de cáncer, asma, problemas neurológicos y muerte producida por la contaminación. Entre los que están estudiando estos riesgos hay científicos y profesores de Cornell, UC Berkeley, Yale, Harvard y Penn State (entre otras universidades).




A CREDO CAMPAIGN ORGANIZED BY CHRISTIAN GERLACH

Posted February 2013

The eastern part of Nevada is being targeted for hydraulic fracturing:
 

What it is like now (http://1001arabian.net/tourist/Ruby%20M ountains,%20Nevada.html)
 

What it will look like after hydraulic fracturing
(http://www.theoec.org/campaign/fracking-waste-disposal)


HIGH-VOLUME HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS FRACKING:

A method of oil and gas extraction that injects millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals and sand at high pressure deep underground, pivoting horizontally for up to one mile, to break apart shale formations.

It takes between 2 and 5 million gallons of water to fracture a single well one time, and each well may be fractured multiple times. Between 15% and 35% of the fluids stay underground in the well itself, while the remainder returns to the surface and must be either re-used or disposed of.  This means billions of gallons of this fluid is left underground, while tens of billions more must be either re-used or injected in deep disposal wells (called Class II injection wells).

Flammable tap water in Colorado

Methane explosions in West Virginia

Poisoned water in Pennsylvania

Communities have seen a corresponding increase in harmful air emissions, water contamination, and serious problems associated with the disposal of horizontal fracking waste fluids.

The fluids used during fracturing contain many hazardous chemicals and heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, diesel methanol, chlorinated formaldehyde, and benzene.

Currently, no agency regulates where drillers send their fracking waste, how they transport the waste to a disposal site, or how it is handled once at the site.

Ohio State officials actually closed disposal wells after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit Youngstown, Ohio, on December 31, 2011. This was the eleventh earthquake to strike the area in 2011, an area that was not previously considered seismically active.

The only security that would be enjoyed is the security of the industry’s profits.

Shockingly, this dangerous practice remains virtually unregulated at the federal level, where Dick Cheney and Halliburton managed to pass sweeping loopholes exempting fracking from most major environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act. As a result, the burden of regulating fracking has fallen on states, which have, without exception, badly failed to protect their citizens.

WHAT WE WANT:

1. Repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act and require disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids

2. Study of the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing, from acquisition of the water, through the mixing of chemicals and actual fracturing, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced water and its ultimate treatment and disposal.

3. An increased number of inspectors, strengthened penalties, an impact fee on drillers to cover externalities or damage associated with drilling, and by passing a citizen rights amendment which would allow for citizens to have the right to know about, comment on, and appeal shale gas permits. 

4. Pass more stringent health and safety regulations for Class II injection wells.

5. Reduce the amount of waste produced.

6. Prohibit spraying of fracking waste fluids on roads—or anywhere else—without first testing the fluid to ensure its safety.

7. Pass protective regulations of solid waste products, including testing drill cuttings, to ensure that no radioactive materials go to regular landfills.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Support Nevada SB390, and the Federal BREATHE Act and the FRESHER Act

Tell everyone you know about fracking and ask them to do the same. Refer them to Frack Free Nevada (https://sites.google.com/site/frackfreenevada/home) for information

Sign the petition to Ban fracking in Nevada: http://org.credoaction.com/petitions/ban-fracing-in-nevada


RESOURCES:
All information in this document is from the following websites
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/fracking-the-new-global-water-crisis-europe/
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/us-energy-insecurity-europe/
http://www.theoec.org/Fracking
http://www.theoec.org/campaign/fracking-waste-disposal
http://www.theoec.org/publications/fact-sheet-fracking-disposal-waste-fluids
http://dontfrackwithny.com/what-is-fracking/












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