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.

20,000 signatures

Who's signing

Ed Green
Maggie Surovell
Mary Wellington
Jennifer Bryson
Vicky Brandt
Melissa Sharp
Elisabeth lamar
Leila Zai
Barclay Hauber
Jesse Gore
Rheta Johnson
patti oleon
Kevin O'Carroll
Ken Dollar
John Horkulic
Bruce Stotts
Dale Axelrod
Suzanne Scollon
Cora Hirashiki
Amanda Hawes
Guy LaCrosse
Stephen Blake
Kara Lehman
John Casserly
Sarah McKee
William G Gonzalez
Marija Mikolajczak
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  • Ed Green
    signed 2016-06-02 09:36:56 -0700
  • Maggie Surovell
    signed 2016-06-02 09:35:52 -0700
  • Mary Wellington
    signed 2016-06-02 09:35:30 -0700
  • Jennifer Bryson
    signed 2016-06-02 09:35:03 -0700
    It is imperative for the well being of all living things that fracking be stopped.
  • Vicky Brandt
    signed 2016-06-02 09:34:49 -0700
  • Melissa Sharp
    signed 2016-06-02 09:34:27 -0700
  • Elisabeth lamar
    signed 2016-06-02 09:34:22 -0700
  • Leila Zai
    signed via 2016-06-02 09:33:45 -0700
    One way the Democratic Party can differentiate itself from the GOP is to take global warming SERIOUSLY—and act on that understanding.
  • M M
    signed 2016-06-02 09:33:45 -0700
  • Jesse Gore
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:33:39 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • Barclay Hauber
    signed 2016-06-02 09:33:28 -0700
  • Jesse Gore
    signed 2016-06-02 09:33:08 -0700
  • Rheta Johnson
    signed 2016-06-02 09:32:45 -0700
  • patti oleon
    signed 2016-06-02 09:32:32 -0700
  • Kevin O'Carroll
    signed 2016-06-02 09:32:31 -0700
    Kevin O’Carroll
  • Ken Dollar
    signed 2016-06-02 09:32:15 -0700
  • John Horkulic
    signed 2016-06-02 09:32:05 -0700
    All across this nation in places where fracking has occurred there have been disastrous outcomes from the contamination of the water table, the igniting of water from the tap, earthquakes, and poisoning of farm land and animals. We need to end fracking now.
  • Bruce Stotts
    signed 2016-06-02 09:31:49 -0700
  • Dale Axelrod
    signed 2016-06-02 09:31:43 -0700
  • Suzanne Scollon
    signed 2016-06-02 09:31:42 -0700
  • Cora Hirashiki
    signed 2016-06-02 09:31:16 -0700
    Cora Hirashiki
  • Amanda Hawes
    signed 2016-06-02 09:31:03 -0700
  • Guy LaCrosse
    signed 2016-06-02 09:31:00 -0700
  • Stephen Blake
    signed 2016-06-02 09:30:32 -0700
    Until you ban fracking you cannot be serious about taking action on climate change.
  • Kara Lehman
    signed 2016-06-02 09:30:24 -0700
  • John Casserly
    signed 2016-06-02 09:30:22 -0700
  • Sarah McKee
    signed 2016-06-02 09:30:09 -0700
    Fracking has no place in ANY country on Earth!
  • William G Gonzalez
    signed 2016-06-02 09:29:33 -0700
  • Marija Mikolajczak
    signed 2016-06-02 09:29:17 -0700
  • Neil Nichols
    signed 2016-06-02 09:28:56 -0700