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

Caitlin Phillips
Beth Ullmer
Pilar Zorrilla
Samuel L & Dolores P Vance
James Goodwin
Lauren Brillante
Judith Genone Genone
Mark kiester
d goldsmith
Dennis Griffin
Peter Lockwood
Barbara Parnell
Susan Haywood
Susan Pelican
Karen Milliken
Alvera Pritchard
Gene St Germain
Elizabeth Layfield
Delton Johnson
ann gallagher
Donna Heim
Edwin Fung
Yashar Davoodi
Stephen Markel
Thomas Gillespie
Dennis Feichtinger
Michael Olenjack
Robert Ross

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  • Caitlin Phillips
    signed 2016-07-08 00:36:46 -0700
  • Beth Ullmer
    signed 2016-07-08 00:03:31 -0700
  • Pilar Zorrilla
    signed 2016-07-07 23:48:31 -0700
  • Samuel L & Dolores P Vance
    signed 2016-07-07 23:43:12 -0700
  • James Goodwin
    signed 2016-07-07 23:31:51 -0700
  • Lauren Brillante
    signed 2016-07-07 23:16:12 -0700
    I don’t believe for one second Hilary Clinton will honor anything in the Democratic Platform. I don’t expect her to become president anyway so I guess that works. Hilary’s plan is to increase fracking.. that would be a disaster for our country. IF WE CAN"T VOTE BERNIE, WE WILL VOTE JILL STEIN!!! Establishment TAKE NOTE!
  • Judith Genone Genone
    signed 2016-07-07 23:04:54 -0700
    Our energy, laws and money should be directed toward green energy and fighting climate change!
  • Mark kiester
    signed 2016-07-07 23:03:47 -0700
  • d goldsmith
    signed 2016-07-07 22:54:26 -0700
  • Anonymous
    signed 2016-07-07 22:53:03 -0700
  • Dennis Griffin
    signed 2016-07-07 22:45:23 -0700
    Fracking is a danger to all inhabitants of the planet.
  • Peter Lockwood
    signed 2016-07-07 22:41:47 -0700
  • Barbara Parnell
    signed 2016-07-07 22:40:40 -0700
  • Susan Haywood
    signed 2016-07-07 22:36:48 -0700
    Fracking is putting our water supply at risk, as well as endangering geologic stability. The process is causing air pollution and the escape of methane. So there you have it: air, land, water all expendable for corporate profits.

    In addition, I have heard that so much of this volatile product is stored at one site that the entire area is at risk for explosion.

    And then there are the the derailed oil trains/leaking pipelines that damage our communities. Lots of risks, and only oil companies making a profit over our dead bodies if necessary. How about investigating their malfeasance and charging them with racketeering for the lies they have told for decades?
  • Susan Pelican
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-07 22:26:33 -0700
    I just called on Democrats to ban fracking in the Democratic Party Platform!
  • Susan Pelican
    signed 2016-07-07 22:26:16 -0700
  • Karen Milliken
    signed 2016-07-07 22:08:39 -0700
  • Alvera Pritchard
    signed 2016-07-07 21:55:35 -0700
  • Gene St Germain
    signed 2016-07-07 21:48:39 -0700
  • Elizabeth Layfield
    signed 2016-07-07 21:40:11 -0700
    Elizabeth Layfield
  • Delton Johnson
    signed 2016-07-07 21:28:29 -0700
    I’m a business owner and small investor who has owned stock in several oil companies, but it’s time to make a switch to clean energy. Yes, I’m proud to sign this petition. Just do it. Delton Johnson,
  • ann gallagher
    signed 2016-07-07 21:27:46 -0700
  • Donna Heim
    signed 2016-07-07 21:22:21 -0700
    Fracking and toxic fracking waste chemicals are pumped into our groundwater, and causing health, safety, earthquake and property value problems. This extreme form of oil extraction is dangerous and unnecessary, and must stop.
  • Edwin Fung
    signed 2016-07-07 21:21:35 -0700
    Fracking causes earthquakes as well! Not worth it! Ban it!!!
  • Yashar Davoodi
    signed 2016-07-07 21:21:33 -0700
  • Stephen Markel
    signed 2016-07-07 21:21:21 -0700
  • Thomas Gillespie
    signed 2016-07-07 21:19:57 -0700
  • Dennis Feichtinger
    signed 2016-07-07 21:05:58 -0700
  • Michael Olenjack
    signed 2016-07-07 21:03:34 -0700
  • Robert Ross
    signed 2016-07-07 20:59:41 -0700
    If the platform doesn’t come out against fracking AND against the TPP, I will not be voting for Hillary Clinton in the General Election.

    That’s FIRM!