Why ban fracking?
Fracking is an extreme method of oil and gas extraction that involves pumping millions of gallons of toxic fluid deep underground to fracture rocks and release oil and natural gas. The process can’t be done safely, and research has shown that fracking pollutes the air we breathe, makes our drinking water toxic, worsens climate change and makes people sick. Fracking companies make exorbitant profits at the expense of local communities, which may be left without safe water. The solution is to ban fracking everywhere and move instead to using renewable power sources.
The growing movement to ban fracking
Food & Water Watch was the first U.S. national organization to call for a ban on fracking. Since then, we’ve seen the movement for a ban grow exponentially, with bans passed across the United States and around the world.
Our strategy for banning fracking everywhere in the U.S. involves building momentum at every level:
- Our field organizers work in communities across the country and with local grassroots groups to help them pass measures, such as bans or resolutions, to protect themselves from fracking.
- We organize for bans on the state level, working in partnership with local and statewide organizations. As a founding member of New Yorkers Against Fracking, we worked for years to ban fracking in New York state, and in 2014, we won. We also helped start other statewide coalitions including Californians Against Fracking, Pennsylvanians Against Fracking and Coloradans Against Fracking, among others. We’re working for bans in states across the country, as well as moratoriums as a first step towards a ban.
- We lobby against building new infrastructure projects that support the production or the export of natural gas or oil. We mobilize our supporters to fight new pipelines, export facilities and other projects in their communities and to speak out against federal bills and regulations that encourage more fracking.
- We’re working to ban fracking on public lands. In 2014 we worked with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) to introduce the Protect Our Public Lands Act, which will ban fracking on federal lands and protect our national forests and parks from the dangers of fracking.
More communities are winning victories against fracking every month, and as momentum grows, we’re working towards a future where fracking is banned everywhere in the United States and in countries around the world.
Americans Against Fracking
Food & Water Watch initiated the formation of the Americans Against Fracking coalition to bring together organizations large and small to call for a ban on fracking with one voice. Learn more and find out how your organization can join the coalition.
Each year, Food & Water Watch spearheads an international day of action, uniting organizations from around the world to call on our leaders to ban fracking everywhere. Learn more about the event and how you can get involved.