Don’t Frack With Our Health

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Breast Cancer Action opposes hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” because the practice exposes people to endocrine disruptors and carcinogenic chemicals that are linked to breast cancer.

Fracking is the process of taking millions of gallons of water, mixing it with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals and pumping the mixture underground at extreme pressure to break up rock formations and release oil or natural gas. Over 700 chemicals are commonly used in the process of drilling and fracking for oil and gas. Of these, dozens are listed as “chemicals of concern” because of their link to myriad health harms, and several are known carcinogens or endocrine disruptors that have proven links to breast cancer.

Chemicals used in the fracking process can leech into well water[1] that rural communities depend on, and seep into underground aquifers and contaminate water supplies for people who live in far-off cities[2]. There is also mounting evidence that fracking chemicals contaminate our food supplies[3] when polluted water is used for irrigation or for cattle to drink. The chemicals used in the fracking process lack oversight, and there has been no comprehensive study or analysis to prove that fracking is safe, despite industry claims to the contrary. This is a growing industry that is capable of poisoning and polluting the basic necessities of life: our food and water.

We have long been committed to stopping cancer before it starts, in addition to supporting women diagnosed with the disease, and to do so we need to stop cancer-causing toxins from entering our world and bodies in the first place. Fracking is part of this work to create healthier environments for all of us. As a breast cancer organization long concerned with the impact of unregulated toxic industries, without corporate funders to appease or please, we bring a strong feminist public health analysis to the movement against fracking.

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March for real Climate LeadershipWhy is a breast cancer organization going to a climate march?

Hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) contaminates our climate – it also contaminates our health through the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. The chemicals used in fracking also expose people to endocrine disruptors and carcinogenic chemicals that have proven links to breast cancer. Standing up for climate change means we must ban fracking. It’s that simple: a healthy environment is a step towards healthier communities.

Governor Jerry Brown can end this toxic practice and ban fracking in California. That’s why we’re joining our partners to bring 10,000 people together to demand Governor Brown show real leadership around climate change. It’s time to take action now because our lives and the health of future generations depend on it.

Please join BCAction and activists from across the state at the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland, CA to demand Governor Jerry Brown put our health first and ban fracking.

WHATThe March for Real Climate Leadership: Our Water, Our Health, Our California invites communities and organizations across the movement to say loud and clear – “our water, our health and our California come first.”
WHEN: 11:30 a.m., February 7th, 2015
WHERE: Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland, CA to let us know that you’ll be joining us!

The movement to ban fracking in California is growing — last March, 4,000 people rallied outside of Governor Brown’s office in Sacramento, and last November San Benito and Mendocino counties voted to ban fracking entirely. Join Breast Cancer Action and our partners as we show Governor Jerry Brown that the people of California are ready for a ban on fracking now!

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