FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 5, 2017

Contact:
Cherri Foytlin, Bold Louisiana, 334-462-4484, cherri@boldlouisiana.org

Bold Louisiana, Environmental Action Deliver 28,000+ Petition Signatures Urging Pres. Obama to Halt Unlimited Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf

Local activists to rally on Thursday (1:30-2:30 p.m.) outside BOEM office in New Orleans before petition delivery

New Orleans — Bold Louisiana and Environmental Action will host a rally on Thursday outside the New Orleans offices of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and deliver over 28,000 petition signatures calling on President Obama to halt the unlimited dumping of fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico.

WHAT: Rally + Petition Delivery to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 5, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: BOEM Offices, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd
DETAILS: https://facebook.com/events/1181294728615137

“In the years following the BP Deep Water Drilling Disaster of 2010, the Obama Administration approved at least 1,200 offshore fracks in the Gulf of Mexico. Since, and without any site-specific testing, the industry has been allowed to dump endless amounts of fracking waste fluid directly into the water,” said Bold Louisiana director Cherri Foytlin, of Rayne, LA. “In 2014 alone, that has translated to an outrageous 76 billion gallons of toxic and hazardous fluids overboard. Recent studies have connected some of these same chemicals to leukemia and endocrine disruption in humans. Now, in his final days in office, we firmly urge the President to correct this, and in doing so protect our sea life and families.”

Despite the evidence that fracking wastewater contains hundreds of dangerous and carcinegenous chemicals, like benzene, arsenic, formaldehyde and mercury, so far the Obama Administration has allowed unlimited wastewater volumes to be dumped from offshore drilling operations directly into the Gulf of Mexico.

This unlimited dumping of fracking waste into the Gulf poses a tremendous threat to sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife — not to mention all the people who rely on a healthy Gulf for their own food and livelihoods.

View Bold Louisiana’s petition online: http://bit.ly/gulffrack

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