Silenced by a fracking company

The email below is from Corinne Ball, a CREDO activist in Portland, Oregon and Campaigns Director at Climate Parents. Corinne started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Corinne and Climate Parents pressure fracking companies to stop trying to silence children by signing her petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Don't let energy companies silence kids about fracking.

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Dear 5849376,

Several years ago, gas companies set up fracking operations near the Hallowich family farm in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Soon after, the Hallowiches started experiencing health problems like nosebleeds, sore throats, and unexplained headaches. They were forced to abandon their home and to sue the gas companies, eventually reaching a settlement that includes a standard gag order.

But in an unprecedented move, the gas companies insisted the gag order extend to the Hallowiches' children, age 7 and 10 years old at the time, legally barring them from talking about what happened to them -- and fracking -- forever.

As a parent, I am outraged that these dirty fracking companies have stooped to a new low by going after children. That's why I started my own campaign on CREDO Mobilize that allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Range Resources, Mark West Energy Partners, and Williams Gas, asks the following:

Stop silencing children. Take immediate legal action to remove the Hallowich children from the gag order placed on their family, and ensure your company does not include children in any future gag orders related to fracking.

The Hallowich children suffered unexplained illnesses and were forced to move from their childhood home. They will be processing these traumatic experiences for the rest of their lives. Children should not be forced by fossil fuel corporations to remain silent about issues that affect their health and well-being.

The Hallowiches' story is just the latest example of how fracking and other extreme energy extraction are affecting families across the country. Families are battling air and water contamination — some people have even been able to light their tap water on fire. And every day we see more news of droughts, wildfires, and extreme weather fueled by climate change, caused by carbon pollution from projects like these. Far too often, it's children who bear the brunt.

When pressed by the media, Range Resources Corporation, one of the companies involved in the lawsuit, told reporters it will not enforce the application of the gag order if the children decide to speak out. But, the family's lawyer says the gag order, as currently written, could land the kids in legal trouble if they talk publicly about what happened to them -- or the impacts of fracking -- in the future. In order to protect the Hallowich kids, all three of the companies involved must take the legal steps necessary to remove the children from the gag order.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition telling Range Resources, Mark West Energy Partners, and Williams Gas to legally remove the children from the gag order — and commit to never go after kids again?

Thank you for your support.

Corinne Ball

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