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

Laura Overmann
Patricia Baley
Sharon Raum
William Lankford
erich vogt
Desdra Dawning
Judith Carlson
Paul Hennessee
Mara Williams
Raymond Gibson
Bruce Grether
Charles Comstock
Adrian Bergeron
Erdmut Lerner
Ellen Fiedler
mary sherwood
Diane Nowak
Niara Isley
Mary Ellen Marino
Sarina Amato
Rebecca Moeller
James Giles
Linda Baumann
Jesse McMahon
Laura Cole
Beth Darlington
Leuise Crumble
Rick Russell

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  • Laura Overmann
    signed 2016-06-02 09:20:05 -0700
  • Patricia Baley
    signed 2016-06-02 09:19:48 -0700
  • Sharon Raum
    signed 2016-06-02 09:19:30 -0700
  • William Lankford
    signed 2016-06-02 09:19:19 -0700
    We need to do this.
  • erich vogt
    signed 2016-06-02 09:18:34 -0700
  • Desdra Dawning
    signed 2016-06-02 09:18:28 -0700
    The Democratic Party needs to step up its stand on a number of issues—banning fracking is just one of them. Please take Bernie’s lead and DO THE RIGHT THING!
  • Judith Carlson
    signed 2016-06-02 09:18:22 -0700
  • Paul Hennessee
    signed via 2016-06-02 09:18:16 -0700
  • Mara Williams
    signed 2016-06-02 09:17:54 -0700
  • Raymond Gibson
    signed 2016-06-02 09:17:38 -0700
  • Bruce Grether
    signed 2016-06-02 09:17:26 -0700
    Regardless of who sits in the White House (and I hope it’s Bernie!) we need to ban all fracking in the USA and encourage other countries to follow suit.
  • Charles Comstock
    signed 2016-06-02 09:17:07 -0700
  • Adrian Bergeron
    signed 2016-06-02 09:17:00 -0700
  • Erdmut Lerner
    signed 2016-06-02 09:16:39 -0700
  • Ellen Fiedler
    signed 2016-06-02 09:16:23 -0700
  • Mary Ellen Marino
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:16:00 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • mary sherwood
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:59 -0700
  • Diane Nowak
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:57 -0700
  • Niara Isley
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:48 -0700
  • Mary Ellen Marino
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:46 -0700
    Bernie is the only way there will be a world as we know it for my grandchildren
  • Sarina Amato
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:29 -0700
    I will not vote for Clinton if she is not for a ban on fracking. Sarina Amato
  • Rebecca Moeller
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:19 -0700
  • James Giles
    signed 2016-06-02 09:15:05 -0700
  • Linda Baumann
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:45 -0700
    Fracking prolongs our dependence on fossil fuel. Moreover, California can’t waste it’s limited water supply on the industry nor risk tainting our aquifers.
  • Jesse McMahon
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:21 -0700
  • Laura Cole
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:17 -0700
  • Beth Darlington
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:13 -0700
  • Leuise Crumble
    signed 2016-06-02 09:14:04 -0700
  • Rick Russell
    signed 2016-06-02 09:13:47 -0700
  • Joy cash
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-02 09:13:37 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to %23banfracking in the Democratic Party Platform!