Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan

Join our campaign at this critical time, so we can ban fracking and frack wastes statewide.

We now have over the minimum required number of 252,523 signatures! However we do not yet have a big enough "cushion" of extra signatures in order to submit them and win the challenges, so we did not submit them on May 30, 2018, the deadline for putting our proposal on the 2018 ballot. We're going for the 2020 election, using all our signatures that we've collected on this petition.

During the summer months of 2018, we need about 200 people to collect an average of 200 good signatures to make this a reality. That's all it takes!

We plan to submit all our signatures to the State Bureau of Elections right before the November 2018 election. (After that time, the required number of signatures will change).

More background: We started this petition in 2015 to get on the 2016 ballot. By the end of what we thought was a hard and fast 6-month collecting period, we learned that that was not the case: that signatures older than 180 days could in fact be used if proven valid. We continued collecting to June 1, 2016 but at that time, we still did not have enough signatures to submit.  We filed a lawsuit against the state on that day that challenged the unconstitutionality of the statute that limits signature collecting to 180 days, and any law that restricts the people's constitutionally-guaranteed right to statutory initiative. The courts said our case was was "not ripe" that is, we sued too soon, and that we must first collect all the signatures, have them turned down by the State, and then sue. It's wrong, it makes no legal sense, but that is what the courts are directing us to do. In 2016 the Legislature changed the law, and the governor signed it, making the signature-gathering law even more restrictive to only 180 days, and even more unconstitutional. Our case is challenging this new version of the law. All legal precedent is on our side. Please see our lawsuit on the Lawsuit menu.

Help us get all the way on the ballot.

We won't stop till we win! Please join us. The only way we'll win and get our proposal on the ballot is if we collect the signatures and win this in court on the merits when we file a new lawsuit.

2020 is going to be our best chance now to get on the ballot and win. We have more time to gather the signatures, more time to win the lawsuit, and more time to campaign and raise funds once we are on the ballot.

And the more we get out there, more Michiganders are finding out about the harms of fracking, and the more they don't want fracking to continue.

Volunteer today

We are a people-powered grassroots campaign. The only way we get on the ballot, is by collecting signatures. It's engaging, hands-on, and a great experience to meet face to face with our fellow Michiganders and tell them about the harms of fracking and frack wastes. This is what direct democracy is all about--people writing our own laws and directly voting on them ourselves. We ask each volunteer to commit to collecting 200 good signatures, which takes just 3 or 4 days of your time. Many people will collect many more than 200, some will collect less. Please join us!
Circulator eligibility requirements: You must be a US citizen and at least 18 years old. It is not necessary to be a registered voter to circulate, or a Michigan resident. We provide the training, clipboards, official petitions (printed solely by the Committee's printer--no photocopies are allowed), and a LetsBanFracking.org T-shirt once you collect your first 50 signatures, to help you collect even more.

Donate

We welcome and need your financial support. It's through the support of individuals, businesses and organizations that we will make it on the ballot and win. At this time we need funds to verify signatures. And once we're on the ballot, we will host educational forums, need campaign literature, and do Get-Out-The-Vote campaigning. Thank you for pitching in! Go to our DONATE page here

 

 

 


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