Why I, Tess Petesch, am working on Stop the Frack Attack

  Should monopolistic industries be allowed to take home record profits while contaminating America’s air and water to the point where it ruins communities?  The natural gas industry operates up to the point where it can cover its marginal monetary costs with its marginal incoming revenue.  However, the cost associated with a family moving out of their home because their water supply is contaminated is never factored in to this business model.   Fracking, the process by which millions of gallons of water and chemicals are injected in to the ground in order to break it up so that companies can drill for natural gas, is exactly the sort of socially Darwinist practice that Obama should be acting to prevent.  Fracking tends to occur in poor communities, and they are facing the brunt of the consequences: methane emissions, contaminated water, traffic, noise pollution, industrial waste, and adverse health effects.  That is why the Stop the Frack Attack team is striving to get the voice of impacted community members out there.

YOU should come out to DC on July 28th to show your support and to help us incite change in our nation’s dirty energy practices.  With the lack of progress at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, we have to show our government that the constituents are demanding sound energy policies.  We want to have as many people as possible for the rally but we also want to have you on July 27th at the Stop the Frack Attack Gathering where we will network and strategize.  Remember that if we want sustainable and clean energy to be a part of our future, we have to fight for it. 

Fracking is a social justice issue for both humans and the earth, but it also has to do with the long run sustainability of our economy.  How can we expect people to be productive members of the labor force if they don’t even have clean water to drink? I wanted to get involved in this campaign because it ties together two fascinating topics: economics and environmental stewardship.  Natural gas is not a clean or economical option and fracking is not an action that falls in line with stewardship.  If fracking is “minimally invasive”, then so was my uncle’s colonoscopy last week. Methane emissions that occur when natural gas is extracted from underneath the ground are 72 times worse than CO2 in terms of releasing heat in to the atmosphere.  It is unfortunate that something like fracking is legal before scientists have fully examined all of the externalities that go along with it.  Natural gas is only a short-term remedy to the energy crisis and it creates far too many problems to be a worthwhile solution.

Everyone needs to come to DC for Stop the Frack Attack to set the record straight, and to demand rights that humans and the earth deserve.  This rally will get the facts out there and will get us one step closer to a moratorium on fracking.  We will truly be sending a message when we leave dirty fracking water on the steps of the American Petroleum Institute and the American Natural Gas Alliance.  The STFA Gathering on Friday will be a great opportunity for all you fracktivists to network and to see what people from other communities are doing (what’s working, what’s not).  If you think you have no idea how you can help, come to this gathering and learn about what you can do to stop this frack attack.  The more people we get, the better!  STFA is great because we will be presenting ourselves as a united national community demanding change.  We are hoping to have strength in numbers in late July, so bring your friends! 


I, Tess Petesch, am an intern at Earthworks for the summer working on Stop the Frack Attack.  Among other things, I work on housing so that we can get as many people coming in from out of town as possible.  I am a rising senior and economics major at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.  Most economics majors at my school are unlikely candidates for internships in the environmental non-profit world, but energy policy and economics are tied together now more than ever.