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Oil companies want to inject chemical-laced water deep into the ground, fracturing subterranean rock and creating millions of gallons of toxic waste water. Thousands of these fracking wells would use up our already scarce water, foul our already polluted air, risk contamination of our drinking water and farmland, and emit methane, a potent global warming pollutant.
- Fracking uses toxic chemicals and generates polluted waste water. According to a Congressional study, 13 different cancer-causing chemicals were found in the fracking fluids used by oil and gas companies between 2005 and 2009. In addition, California oil wells return five gallons of “produced water,” often laced with contaminants such as boron, ammonia and organic compounds, for every barrel of oil.
- Fracking threatens precious natural areas. Oil companies have already fracked wells adjacent to Los Padres National Forest and off the coast of Ventura County. Expanded fracking in the Monterey Shale could take place near Channel Islands National Park, Chino Hills State Park in Orange County, Gaviota State Park in Santa Barbara County, and Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County – threatening visitors’ ability to enjoy those natural treasures.
- Fracking will bring new threats to our air. Air sampling near fracking sites in Texas and California has detected concentrations of hazardous air pollutants high enough to make people sick. Smog and soot pollution from heavy-duty trucks and other equipment also contribute to local and regional air pollution problems.
Many of these problems can be traced back to bad policy on the national level. Not only do oil and gas drillers have free range to frack our national forests, parks, and drinking water sources, toxic fracking waste is currently exempt from our nation’s hazardous waste laws.
On the state level, we need to protect our air, land, and water from environmental destruction by imposing a statewide ban on fracking.
Nationally, we must focus on two key areas: a) keeping our national forests, parks, and drinking water sources off-limits to fracking; and b) closing the loophole that exempts toxic fracking waste from our nation’s hazardous waste laws.
Jerry Brown is the guy who rolled back tax breaks for the oil companies, who helped win the nation's first energy-efficiency standards, who signed the first solar tax credit into law in the early 70’s when he was first Governor. He gets it. The oil companies have pulled the wool over his eyes on fracking. If we can get his attention, we think we can get through to him.
Grassroots opposition has forced New York’s Gov. Cuomo to reconsider his support for fracking in his state. We need to build the same kind of opposition here in California to convince Gov. Brown that we should not, and will not, sacrifice our environment to enrich the oil industry.
With public opinion on fracking plummeting more and more each day, we will seize this opportunity by building grassroots support against fracking on the national level.
Oil companies such as Chevron and Exxon are doing their best to make sure that they can reap the economic benefit of fracking. Through millions of dollars spent on public relations campaigns and lobbying, the oil industry has convinced Governor Brown that drilling is safe and no drinking water has been contaminated due to fracking. They completely disregard health and environmental concerns and attempt to tout “natural” gas as clean.
To protect California from fracking, we must persuade Governor Brown to support a statewide ban. Through education and media attention on the national issues, we will close the loopholes in our hazardous waste laws and protect our nation’s most treasured landscapes.
We believe Governor Brown can be persuaded with further education on the issue, public and media attention on fracking impacts, and by organizing influential constituencies. We also plan to show the Governor that opening the doors to fracking would tarnish his legacy and endanger California’s reputation as a leader on global warming. If we garner enough public support against fracking, President Obama and Congress will be forced to strengthen federal regulations.
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