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Raise Your Voice: Comment, In Writing and In Person, to Department of Energy

June 20, 2011

DoE Fracking Advisory Panel Hearing in Washington, PA

What you can do:  Submit written comment!  And if possible, attend one of two newly scheduled DOE hearings June 28th or July 13th.

Why it matters:

In May of this year, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the establishment of the Energy Advisory Board Natural Gas Subcommittee on Fracking Issues to make recommendations on improving the “safety and environmental performance” of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations. Unfortunately, the committee is heavily weighted with industry interests and there are no health professionals or members from communities where drilling is occurring. See criticism of the Panel’s chair and make-up here.

The panel will hold two public meetings. Please sign up and attend. We especially need health professionals and those who are living in “shale county” to speak out.  The industry is certain to make every attempt to stack both meetings.

When:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585

Sign up:  The notice with instructions on how to sign up is here.

Raise Your Voice!  Submit Written Comment Now!

The Subcommittee is also inviting written comment from the public and we should let them know the truth. Please submit your thoughts and contribute information to this federal panel by using the online form here, by emailing shalegas@hq.doe.gov, or by writing to:

Renee Stone
U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue
SW, Washington D.C. 20585

What to Say?

Here are 3 points Protecting Our Waters urges you to think about; please add your own.  You may also comment on the absolutely unacceptable financial conflicts of interest on the panel.

1.  Gas drilling waste must not be exempt from being tracked, transported, and disposed of as hazardous waste.  Unconventional gas drilling threatens human health and the environment with its untreatable mix of radioactive materials, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals.

2.  Renewable energy generates more jobs per dollar invested than fossil fuel extraction, without the destructive boom and bust cycle, and without the negative impacts on air, water, food, human health, and climate.  End all exemptions for the shale gas drilling industry, which is the only way they can drill cheaply; demand renewable energy now.

3.  Methane migration, and toxic materials including arsenic, barium, benzene, 2-butoxyethanol and glutaraldehyde have contaminated drinking water in shale country, making people sick and depriving many people of safe drinking water and of safe homes.  These impacts are not hypothetical; they are acute and increasingly widespread.  Protect our people.

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