Trustee Election
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  • OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING
  • FRACKING
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Winning Issue » FRACKING


Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a new process that uses pressurized liquid to crack rock 8,000 feet below the surface so hydrocarbons such as natural gas can be extracted. This technique calls for several million gallons of water mixed with sand and toxic chemicals to be injected at high pressure into a well to create fractures deep underground. After this mixture is removed, these cracks form conduits along which natural gas and petroleum migrate into the well for extraction. After a well is depleted, it is usually filled with waste water from other fracking operations, creating a permanent disposal site for this toxic byproduct. More than a million U.S. fracking operations have already been undertaken. Proponents point to the benefits of home-produced energy such as jobs, improved national security and reduced air pollution from cleaner-burning natural gas. Opponents point to the adverse environmental impacts of fracking including contamination of ground water, depletion of fresh water, and toxic waste water disposal. It is estimated that our fracking operations produced 280 billion gallons of wastewater in 2012 –or enough to flood all of Washington, D.C. in a 22-foot deep toxic lagoon. Health advocates worry about the carcinogenic chemicals likely contained in fracking fluids, but this industry continually refuses to identify the “proprietary” chemicals it pumps into fracking wells. This refusal goes unchallenged because the Bush administration exempted fracking chemicals from the protections provided by the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act.

Citing health concerns and risks to the environment, New York has recently instituted a state-wide ban on fracking. Research now shows that people who live near fracking operations are more likely to suffer serious health issues such as heart problems, neurological illnesses and cancer. Fracking opponents also warn of the risks to air quality and climate change due to significant methane releases during the fracking process. They claim this leakage may be great enough to offset the benefits of lower carbon emissions that result from burning natural gas. They say natural gas is not a bridge to a clean energy future because methane, the main component of natural gas, is 72 times more potent in damaging climate than carbon dioxide. Advocates also worry fracking will increase carbon emissions overall since cheap natural gas encourages more energy use and slows the development of renewable fuel technology.

In addition, recent research has confirmed these oil and gas drilling operations are causing local earthquakes, often exceeding 3.0 in magnitude. Before heavy fracking operations began in Oklahoma, earthquakes of this size occurred less than twice a year. However, last year Oklahomans experienced 700 of these small tremors – 300 times as many as occurred in 2008. Fracking also makes local fault zones sensitive to shock waves from large distant quakes. One study found that strong earthquakes which occur halfway around the world can set off small to moderate quakes near fracking operations. Many Americans living near active fault lines along our Pacific Coast are also concerned offshore fracking operations could make these earthquake-prone areas more dangerous.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015
H.R.1951 - Offshore Fracking Transparency and Review Act of 2015
S.15 - Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act



Options


  • I oppose reforming current fracking policy and wish to defeat H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015 and H.R.1951 - Offshore Fracking Transparency and Review Act of 2015 or S.15 - Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support amending the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal the exemption from restrictions on underground injection of fluids or propping agents granted to hydraulic fracturing operations relating to oil and natural gas production activities under such Act; requiring disclosure of the chemicals and proppants intended for use in underground injections before the commencement of such operations and the chemicals used after the end of such operations, and wish to pass H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Diana DeGette (CO), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the Mineral Leasing Act to prohibit the Department of the Interior from enforcing any federal regulation, guidance, or permit requirement regarding hydraulic fracturing (including any component of that process), relating to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities on or under any land in any state that has regulations, guidance, or permit requirements for that activity; requiring Interior to recognize and defer to state regulations, permitting, and guidance, for all activities regarding hydraulic fracturing relating to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities on federal land regardless of whether those rules are duplicative, more or less restrictive, have different requirements, or do not meet federal regulations, guidance, or permit requirements, and wish to pass S.15 - Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and/or Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support prohibiting both hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation treatment in the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf Region until the Secretary of the Interior has: (1) reported to Congress on the conduct and impacts of hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation treatments in the Region; and (2) issued, in coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency, a final environmental impact statement regarding the impacts upon the marine environment and public health of offshore hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation treatments conducted in such Region, and wish to pass H.R.1951 - Offshore Fracking Transparency and Review Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Lois Capps (CA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support amending the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal the exemption from restrictions on underground injection of fluids or propping agents granted to hydraulic fracturing operations relating to oil and natural gas production activities under such Act; requiring disclosure of the chemicals and proppants intended for use in underground injections before the commencement of such operations and the chemicals used after the end of such operations, and wish to pass H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Diana DeGette (CO), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.1482 - To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Diana DeGette (CO) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. Diana DeGette, CO
Status: House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman: Rep. Fred Upton, MI

If elected as a trustee, Food and Water Watch will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to publicize the danger that fracking poses to public waterways, and to advocate for these operations to be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. It works to help people take charge of where their food comes from and to keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes. Food and Water Watch also works to protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and advocates the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control. Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization that advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water. Its staff, located in 15 offices in the United States, works with a range of constituencies to inform and hold policymakers accountable. It states that fracking is inherently unsafe and we cannot rely on regulation to protect communities’ water, air and public health and calls for an all out ban on fracking is the only way to protect our communities.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
February 26, 2020