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

Herbert W. Myers Myers
Susan Gill
David Ochoa
Dr. Wayne Aller
Harriet Belkin
Michael Walsh
Ana Berkenhoff
Caitlin Phillips
Cynthia Ralls
Beth Ullmer
Pilar Zorrilla
Samuel L & Dolores P Vance
James Goodwin
John R. Bartels
Lauren Brillante
Judith Genone Genone
Mark kiester
Greg Kimber
d goldsmith
Donna Swanson
Jess Nitsche
Dennis Griffin
Peter Lockwood
Barbara Parnell
Susan Haywood
Susan Pelican
Karen Milliken
Alvera Pritchard

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  • Herbert W. Myers Myers
    signed 2016-07-08 01:06:15 -0700
  • Susan Gill
    signed 2016-07-08 01:02:12 -0700
    These are dangerous practices, for very little gain. Oil is gone. We have to find another way.
  • David Ochoa
    signed 2016-07-08 01:01:36 -0700
  • Dr. Wayne Aller
    signed 2016-07-08 01:01:14 -0700
  • Harriet Belkin
    signed 2016-07-08 00:48:03 -0700
  • Michael Walsh
    signed 2016-07-08 00:46:07 -0700
  • Ana Berkenhoff
    signed 2016-07-08 00:36:55 -0700
  • Caitlin Phillips
    signed 2016-07-08 00:36:46 -0700
  • Cynthia Ralls
    signed 2016-07-08 00:33:49 -0700
    We cannot allow our water supplies to be poisoned!
  • 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
  • John R. Bartels
    signed 2016-07-07 23:28:27 -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
  • Greg Kimber
    signed 2016-07-07 23:02:46 -0700
  • d goldsmith
    signed 2016-07-07 22:54:26 -0700
  • Donna Swanson
    signed 2016-07-07 22:54:18 -0700
    No Fracking. No TPP vote.
  • Anonymous
    signed 2016-07-07 22:53:03 -0700
  • Jess Nitsche
    signed 2016-07-07 22:52:03 -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