The Committee is collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to appear on the ballot in 2020. If enacted it would ban horizontal fracking and frack waste, and reverse the state's pre-WWII policy of "fostering" the oil-gas industry "favorably." The initiative purpose is to stop injecting secret poison chemicals in the earth, preserve clean water, protect health, prevent earthquakes, and prevent global warming. The exact initiative language is here: https://www.letsbanfracking.org/ballot_language . We have nearly 260,000 signatures in hand, and need 40,000 more good ones by November to get on the 2020 ballot. For information about the Committee's lawsuit challenging the 180-day period for collecting signatures, see https://www.letsbanfracking.org/lawsuit .
WHO CAN APPLY: Do you belong to a small, grassroots group of activists, or a cultural or neighborhood organization interested in the environment and/or social change? Can your group help the Committee to Ban Fracking collect signatures for the campaign this summer? If so, the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan can make a donation to your organization. (We cannot donate to partisan political party or political candidate groups. We are interested in small 501c3 organizations, neighborhood-based or issues-based groups, and small non profit grassroots groups. This offer does not apply to large organizations). This program takes place during June and July 2018 thanks to a donor who has pledged $30,000. Our goal is to collect at least 45,000 good signatures with this incentive program.
HOW TO SIGN UP: Apply for our program and sign up your group as a team with our campaign using the form, below. The group leader or contact person should fill out the form.
WHAT YOUR GROUP NEEDS TO DO: A team needs to collect at least 500 good** signatures (plan on collecting at least 550 to get 500 good signatures). You may also agree to collect 1,000 good signatures for a $500 donation.
After you submit your information on the form below, the campaign director will contact you to ask you for two references, and determine if your group qualifies for our program. Provide your team members' names and contact information and the director will send you an agreement form, and make arrangements for training and supplies.
The first week's signatures by each circulator in the team must be turned in that week for review and feedback from the campaign director. Contact with the director is an important part of the program. The remainder of the signatures must be turned in by the team program deadline of August 1, 2018.
By signing up as a team, you and all team members agree to:
- Attest that circulators are U.S. Citizens and at least 18 years old. (State law requires this.)
- Use only the Committee's official petitions provided by the campaign director. No reproductions, photocopies, or other versions are allowed by law.
- Collect signatures according to the Committee's rules and instructions and abide by state laws regarding petitions.
- Watch our training video.
- Collect and submit signatures for review after one week of collecting, and the remainder of signatures in time before the team collection deadline of August 1.
By accepting a team into the program, the Committee to Ban Fracking agrees to provide guidance and training, petition sheets, clipboards and t-shirts, and donate $250 to your group or organization for 500 "good" signatures. Our contractor verifies whether a signature is "good" by comparing the signer's info to the official statewide qualified voter file and making sure they are not duplicate signatures that we've already collected.
If you have questions, please call LuAnne Kozma, campaign director at 231/944-8750