FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2013
Contact: LuAnne Kozma, Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan
(231) 944-8750 email@example.com
Organizations Voice Support for Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan ballot initiative
Charlevoix, Michigan – More individuals and groups are joining the chorus of endorsements for the citizen-led ballot initiative by Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, as the Committee continues to collect signatures.
Wes Wilson, the EPA whistleblower featured in the films Gasland and Split Estate, endorses the campaign. Wilson, who worked for 35 years with the Environmental Protection Agency, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in 2004 after he wrote a report to Congress and the Inspector General of EPA challenging the accuracy of an EPA study that had concluded there was no evidence that hydraulic fracturing posed a threat to drinking water. That study, he claimed, did not use established agency standards and relied on a peer review panel dominated by energy industry personnel. He is also spearheading a ballot initiative in Colorado to limit the frack industry's use of water in Colorado.
Activist, grassroots groups in other states also endorse, including: the New York groups Coalition to Protect New York, New York Climate Action Group, and FrackbustersNY; Ohio groups Faith Communities Together for Frac Awareness, Freshwater Accountability Project, Northwest Ohio Alliance to Stop Fracking, and Williams County Alliance; the Illinois group, SAFE—Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment; in Kentucky, Kentucky Climate Action; in Tennessee, the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy and Sustainable Chattanooga; in Canada, Canadians for Action on Climate Change, and Climate SOS Canada. The grassroots groups Wrong Kind of Green and Peace of the Action also endorse.
All ballot initiatives are non-partisan. Initiatives are an electoral process guaranteed by the Michigan state constitution. The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is a registered ballot question committee registered with the Secretary of State Bureau of Elections. The purpose of a ballot initiative is to put a vote of the people on the ballot in a statewide election.
All endorsing organizations and individuals are listed on the Committee's website. New endorsements will be announced periodically. To endorse the campaign, groups and individuals are urged to go to the Committee's website at: www.letsbanfracking.org to the Endorse page to register their support. Non-profits may endorse ballot initiatives because it is not considered lobbying to ask fellow voters to sign a petition or vote for a ballot proposal. Michigan organizations and its members are expected to assist the campaign to gather signatures and raise money to qualify for the ballot.
Contributions to the campaign can be made online at www.letsbanfracking.org or by check to: Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, PO Box 490, Charlevoix, MI, 49720. Contributions must include: contributor's name address, and occupation, employer name, and employer address.