Educate your community
Talk about hydrofracking at Shabbat services. Publish one of these brief articles in your newsletter. Ask your social action committee to explore this issue. Plan a screening of Gasland, a documentary about hydrofracking.
A panel appointed by President Obama recently issued a report on hydrofracking, and the EPA is currently conducting a study of the impact of fracking on water. The FRAC Act, which would reverse the exemptions for fracking from environmental laws, has attracted some support. Sign and circulate a petition for a national ban on fracking.
A moratorium on fracking has expired, but drilling has not begun and activists continue to push for a total ban. Meanwhile, the public will have several opportunities to voice concerns about fracking as regulations are considered. In early September the NYS Department of Environmental released its Environmental Impact Statement and public hearings will be held around the State in November. Find the latest information on what you can do at:
At the end of August, Governor Christie vetoed a ban on fracking passed by both houses of the New Jersey legislature.
3,000 wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania, but activists continue to push for a ban. For updated information on actions you can take:
A moratorium bill has recently been introduced in the state senate. For more information:
Fracking is taking place in many other states as well. Check with local environmental organizations to find out what you can do.