Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out of U.S. parks and public lands, and they need you to sign their latest petition. According to Left Action, “The oil and gas industry is already fracking in some national forests like the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. They are also fracking on lands adjacent to national parks like Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California.”

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For those uninitiated, fracking, or hydraulic fracturing as it’s officially known, is the practice of injecting liquid at high pressure into holes drilled deep into the ground to force open fissures and extract oil and/or gas. Those in favor of it see it as a source of relatively clean, efficient and affordable fuel for heating and energy production, while those opposed say it increases the risk of earthquakes, causes noise pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, uses and pollutes good, clean water – and poses a risk for contaminating ground water.

Related: A Reflection on Energy Justice – The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

Left Action is a network of over 1,000,000 activists working on a variety of “progressive causes” led by founder, John Hlinko – a long-time activist who has worked on numerous campaigns over the years and has been named one of the world’s top 25 “individuals, organizations and companies that are having the greatest impact on the way the Internet is changing politics,” by the World Forum on e-Democracy.

“Fracking is inherently unsafe, and we cannot rely on regulation to protect the water we drink, the air we breathe and the health of our communities,” Left Action states on the petition. If you sign your name, you’re asking your senators and representatives to take action against fracking. Click here to add your name to the list of 31310 people who have already signed on to save our parks.

Via Left Action

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