Ban Fracking in the Democratic Party Platform

Update: Read the final text of the 2016 Democratic Platform. Read about how Climate Hawks Vote and allies confronted Democratic leaders at the Democratic National Convention on fracking.

Fracking is a type of drilling that injects millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids — a mixture of chemicals, water and sand — into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock underground, releasing natural gas or oil. This process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health. 

The fugitive methane pollution from the hydrofracturing process is accelerating global warming. On a national scale, a growing body of scientific evidence is building that the climate benefits of switching from coal to natural gas were a total mirage, with the catastrophic Porter Ranch methane blowout the most visible and extreme example of a nationwide surge in methane leakage as a result of the domestic fracking boom promoted by the Bush and Obama administrations. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide on a twenty-year timespan. 

The Democratic Party needs to take a clear stand against dirty energy and for a climate-safe future - the party platform should call for an immediate moratorium on fracking everywhere.

To Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair and Delegates of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

Make a ban on fracking for natural gas an official plank of the 2016 Democratic Party platform.

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  • william Boyer
    signed 2016-07-08 09:59:15 -0700
    At least ban it in sensitive environments and where it would effect drinking water.
  • David Speakman
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-08 09:29:08 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • David Speakman
    signed 2016-07-08 09:28:46 -0700
  • Michael Borgert
    signed 2016-07-08 09:26:31 -0700
  • John Saathoff
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-08 09:24:34 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • John Saathoff
    signed 2016-07-08 09:23:24 -0700
    In Florida, we’re going all out to get a state-wide ban on fracking. A majority of cities and counties have already enacted ordinances or resolutions to keep fracking out. The prohibition of fracking needs to encompass the entire U.S.

    John Saathoff
  • Peter Von Christierson
    signed 2016-07-08 09:05:02 -0700
  • Dawn Ziegler
    signed 2016-07-08 08:59:04 -0700
  • Alice Kennedy
    signed 2016-07-08 08:43:04 -0700
  • Ellen Kagan
    signed 2016-07-08 08:33:45 -0700
  • Maria Garcia-Eggly
    signed 2016-07-08 08:26:01 -0700
  • Kristin McLaughlin
    signed 2016-07-08 08:22:07 -0700
    Kristin McLaughlin
  • joe buglione
    signed 2016-07-08 08:10:16 -0700
  • sara shaw
    signed 2016-07-08 08:02:17 -0700
  • Catherine Crow
    signed 2016-07-08 07:59:27 -0700
  • joyce niksic
    signed 2016-07-08 07:50:30 -0700
  • Daniel Schwartz
    signed 2016-07-08 07:49:44 -0700
  • Barry Clemson
    signed 2016-07-08 07:40:51 -0700
  • Sandy Rasich
    signed 2016-07-08 07:27:10 -0700
    Fracking is toxic, it must be stopped. We have cleaner options for energy.
  • Anne Graydon
    signed 2016-07-08 07:21:11 -0700
  • Julia Berman
    signed 2016-07-08 07:14:04 -0700
  • Rona Fried
    signed 2016-07-08 07:13:13 -0700
    It’s way past time to get serious about climate change, Democrats. Fracking does NOT reduce emissions because of the methane released and it pollutes our water and air.
  • Corey E. Olsen
    signed 2016-07-08 06:53:54 -0700
    Corey E. Olsen
  • Jason Nichols
    signed 2016-07-08 06:32:34 -0700
  • Barry Oaks
    signed 2016-07-08 06:29:27 -0700
    Barry Oaks
  • Joe Rogers
    signed 2016-07-08 06:25:56 -0700
  • Karen Cignoli
    signed 2016-07-08 06:22:53 -0700
  • Nina Pykare
    signed 2016-07-08 06:22:40 -0700
    Fracking is bad for the underground water supply and our country. We should stop it!
  • Cindy Reynolds
    signed 2016-07-08 06:06:46 -0700
    end fracking now!!!! Hasn’t enough of our water been contaminated yet?
  • Stephanie Somers
    signed 2016-07-08 05:58:20 -0700
    Stephanie Somers