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Update from Aura Walker on Fracking in California: June 27, 2013



Great news people! I finally turned in your signatures to Governor Brown’s office! Yes I did! Progress was made! Here is the inside scoop!

I was pretty upset the last time you heard from me. When I truly believe in a cause, I am not one to take “No” for an answer. I believe that Fracking is dangerous for people and the environment. I felt a personal responsibility to see to it, that your signatures were actually handed in “mano a mano,” to Governor Brown’s office. I got on the horn,  and called a few people who were at the downtown May 30th, LA rally.  I said “we need to see this followed through.” On June 25th, 2013, that happened. I delivered your signatures, in addition to others collected from 100 organizations. We are calling ourselves Californians Against Fracking. In total I turned in an estimated 100,000 signatures to Ban Fracking in California.

In particular, I would like to thank Victoria Kaplan from MoveOn.org who took me seriously. She saw to it that MoveOn sponsored my trip to Sacramento. I want to thank my fellow activist Lauren Steiner who used her insider connections to get me a meeting with Martha Guzman, one of the Governor’s advisers on environmental issues. I also want to thank Rose Braz and Kassie Siegel from Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). Rose met me at the Capitol and we hit it hard. We went to  about 16 assembly offices and met with aids to the members. We educated them about what is already happening in my Culver City neighborhood, and around the state. We focused on current health issues like brain and breast cancer clusters around the Inglewood Oil Fields. We spoke about unmonitored dumping of contaminated frack water, and VOC levels above legal limits. Rose spoke on the risks of climate change. We brought flyers from Culver City’s Citizen’s Coalition for a Safe Community. I represented as a Board Member. I also brought flyers from Food and Water Watch. Special thanks to Brenna Norton for making sure I had enough materials.

I want to thank all the mentioned organizations for their involvement and support. I encourage you all to research them, and to donate to them generously.

The Governor’s office does not have enough information. They do not believe there is enough risk for a moratorium or a ban. However, they are interested in gathering more data before September. They do support Senator Pavley’s Bill calling for regulations. They are interested in hearing from constituents. They are interested in contamination issues related to air, as well as issues related to water use and disposal.

My side of the camp feels that even though Pavley broke down barriers, and revealed fracking is occurring in California, that there is no way to regulate it. We stand as Californians Against Fracking. We are requesting a full ban. We know that it is a long haul to stop all oil drilling. Fracking will exacerbate climate change, and raise serious health problems among citizens who live near it. It will definitely irreversibly contaminate surrounding air, land, and water, and pollute nearby agriculture.

I spoke with an Aqua Biologist recently. She said “Oh there are ways to clean it up, but it would require even more water, in addition to the metric tons they are using to frack with. Then, it all needs to be contained. It then becomes even more toxic as the contaminants are separated out. It is a complicated and lengthy, multi-step process.” Fabulous news for a state dealing with drought issues!

Here are relevant links and information:

Me (Aura W.) handing in your signatures yesterday: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniansAgainstFracking

Who is involved in Californians Against Fracking: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniansAgainstFracking/app_208195102528120

Lauren Steiner’s Petition asking Fran Pavley to withdraw her fracking regulations bill. We prefer a ban. We believe there is no way to regulate fracking: http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/fran-pavley-withdraw?mailing_id=13595&source=s.em.cr&r_by=1730892

Very important. Please send in all testimonials and data about how fracking has adversely effected you. Send to Rose Braz: rbraz@biologicaldiversity.org or to 351 California St. Suite 600 SF, CA 94110

Lastly, please keep sharing this petition. We aim to raise the bar, and we will continue to turn in petition signatures en mass:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-fracking-in-califoria?mailing_id=13595&source=s.icn.em.cr&%3Br_by=2081239&r_by=1730892

Thank You! -Aura Walker

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*Thank you Aura for all your hard work!