Ban Fracking California
Now more than ever California needs to stand strong in the fight against climate change. Our state has made a lot of progress, yet we're still the third largest producer of oil in the country. The next big step for California to to ban fracking.
Fracking is a dangerous form of oil drilling in our state that uses millions of gallons of water and pollutes our water with toxic chemicals, not to mention continues our use of dirty fossil fuels. We need California to ban fracking.
Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is the high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals into underground shale rock formations. Fracking breaks up the shale and allows the oil or gas trapped within it to flow to the surface. While oil companies have been using some form of hydraulic fracturing for decades, new techniques allow fracking to be used in more places and with far greater impact on the environment.
At stake: Our water, our land, our air-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,” for every barrel of oil – this water is often laced with contaminants such as boron, ammonia and organic compounds.
- 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.
There are no upsides to fracking. Other groups are trying to regulate fracking, but the bottom line is this is a dirty and dangerous way to extract oil and gas and we should be moving away from this action and more toward clean renewable energy. That is why we support on a ban on fracking.
We're working to get the state legislature and Governor to ban fracking. But they are being lobbied hard by the gas and oil industry. So we're focused on building the grassroots pressure it's going to take to ban fracking. We're collecting petitions, organizing students against fracking in all 40 Senate districts, and doing a Lobby Day in Sacramento. Join our effor to help!
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