Fracking Info from Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Action, an organization in San Francisco, sent me an important e-message about the dangers of fracking for natural gas. They asked for readers to send their own comments to the EPA. Below is my letter to them as well as the link for you to send your own comments, if you wish. If you go to, you will also see a letter already written that you can send. Either way, please let your voices be heard!

Dear Environmental Protection Agency:

My friend Barb lives on a road where fracking trucks now add noise pollution to her once pristine area of country living. That alone is a problem, but the larger problems of increased drug use (19 children in the local high school overdosed), prostitution (she picked up a young girl who had been dropped off by a fracking worker on a lonely road near my friend’s house) is a direct result of fracking.

That said, the dangers of fracking itself are a major environmental concern, especially in the area of (radioactive) contaminated water sources, disposal of fracking waste water linked to earthquakes, a rise in air pollution, the noise from drilling and trucking in rural area, and the lack of long-term studies to show these increasing health and environmental problems.

Please put a moratorium on fracking until long term studies on its impact on the environment and our health can be identified and addressed.

Sincerely, Ellen Sue Jacobson

Use this link to make your own submission:!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019-0001

Or feel free to use this letter from Breast Cancer Action:
Follow these simple steps to make your voice heard at the EPA regarding disclosure of fracking chemicals:

  1. Follow this link to the EPA’s announcement on the Federal Register
  2. Click the green button that reads “Submit a Formal Comment”
  3. Once you are on this page you can either simply write your comments into the text box  in the middle of the page, or you write your own letter, save it as a pdf, and upload it.
  4. You can include the below message in your comments, either in whole or parts – feel free to add your own thoughts and perspective!
  5. Click the blue button at the bottom of the page to preview and confirm your comments.
  6. Congratulations – the EPA received your message! Please share this action page with 5 friends, and encourage them to submit comments, too.

Dear Mr. Seltzer,

I’m writing with regard to the EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Mixtures Advance Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking Docket ID EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019

Over half of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States have no known risk factors. With family history accounting for only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer diagnoses, a large and growing body of research indicates that toxic chemicals may increase our risk of developing the disease.  This mounting evidence from experimental, body burden and ecological research indicates that there is a connection between environmental factors and breast cancer.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is a growing source of air pollution and water contamination via the chemical substances and mixtures that are used to extract oil and gas from deep within the earth. We know that hundreds of chemicals are commonly used in the practice of drilling and fracking for oil and gas across the country, and of these, dozens are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

The EPA must require that fracking companies report comprehensive information about all of the chemical substances and mixtures that are used in process of fracking, and this information must also be disclosed in a timely manner and an accessible format so that researchers and the public can fully assess and understand full scope of risks and impacts that the fracking industry poses to public health.  Nothing less than strong reporting and disclosure requirements will suffice – the public must have access to comprehensive information on what chemicals are already, or could potentially, pollute the air we breathe and contaminate the water we drink.

Fracking is a public health concern for everyone, because the growing fracking industry is capable of poisoning and polluting the basic necessities of life: our air and water. Thank you for opening period of public comment on chemicals and mixtures used in the fracking process, and thank you in advance for your consideration of my comments on this matter.


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