May 7th, 2014
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Barack Obama:
I am a Colorado citizen who has supported you throughout both of your presidential campaigns. I am writing you to express my concern of hydraulic fracturing. It has become a major issue in Colorado and the United States as a whole and I am troubled for the health and wellbeing of citizens and their animals.
Hydraulic fracturing is a danger to air, water, land, animals and communities in the United States. Fracking has a mix of over 596 chemicals and is combined with anywhere between one and seven million gallons of fresh water per well (Gasland). You can fracture a well up to 18 times in its life. Therefore, each well uses anywhere from 18 million to 126 million gallons of fresh water.
Some argue that the use of horizontal drilling has been around for about 40 years. The truth is that only since 2011 has it been combined with fracking (theoec.org). The combination of the two methods is causing problems. The chemicals from fracking are going into the well water that farmers are using for crops, to feed animals, and for personal consumption. Polluting the water can spoil the food supply as well as cause harm to those who ingest these chemicals.
Much to my chagrin, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed with a tremendous loophole that allows oil and gas companies to not have to abide by the same clean water standards as other companies. This is unethical as it allows drilling adjacent to underground drinking water supplies. Therefore, anybody who is experiencing problems with water due to fracking is supposed to keep the issues to themselves and they are not allowed to talk publically about what is happening to their drinking water.
I have seen news reports and have watched the documentary “Gasland” where several people in Colorado and across the nation were actually able to set fire to the water coming out...
Cited: "Fracking." Ohio Environmental Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2014. .
Gasland. Dir. Josh Fox, Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster. 2010. DVD.
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