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This week, despite thousands of phone calls and emails, SB 4 passed the state Legislature. Shockingly, if the bill passes it will make California the first state to mandate that fracking must be allowed to take place until the state finishes writing regulations—and without even requiring environmental review of each fracking permit.
WHAT TO DO NOW?
1) Contact Governor Jerry Brown’s office: TELL HIM NOT TO SIGN THE BILL.
It may get to his desk to be signed by this Wednesday (September 18, 2013).
2) Tuesday, September 17: Join renowned ecologist, author, and anti-fracking leader Sandra Steingraber and David Braun from Americans Against Fracking for a conference call to debrief the legislative session, talk about our continuing campaign to ban fracking in California and discuss the urgent need to ban fracking.
CREDO — California Fracking Conference Call with Sandra Steingraber
Tuesday, September 17, 5pm PT
Conference code: 441949
RSVP for the call so we can send you a reminder, and let us know your questions about the fight against fracking in California. (If you can’t make the call, we’ll post a recording online after the call so you can hear it.)
A number of fracking bills were introduced this year, including bills that would have imposed a moratorium on fracking in California. SB 4, which was authored by Senator Fran Pavley, took a different approach: Regulating fracking. SB 4 was widely perceived as a ‘reasonable compromise’ bill that allows fracking to move forward while adding some minimal regulations.
Fracking is inherently dangerous and cannot be safely regulated. SB 4 won’t protect Californians or the climate from fracking but will provide political cover for the fracking industry and its allies to claim that fracking is safely regulated.
Only one moratorium bill made it to the Assembly floor, where it failed because more than a dozen Democrats didn’t bother to cast a vote for or against the bill.
The California Legislature is famous for last-minute shenanigans that serve powerful political interests like the oil industry, which can field huge teams of professional lobbyists to water down bills at the last minute. And that’s exactly what happened. The bill started off weak and was further weakened as it passed out of the Senate. Then, less than a week before the bill passed the Assembly, a slew of dangerous amendments were attached to the bill, including one amendment that actually requires fracking to take place in California until the state finishes regulations. Another amendment allows state regulators to exempt fracking permits from review under the California Environmental Quality Act, our state’s most important environmental law.
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