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I have been working with http://www.sbcountywaterguardians.org/ to ban fracking in Santa Barbara.  Below is a letter to the press by the organization. It will possibly run as a full page ad in the Santa Barbara Independent.

We are 2/3 of the way to our goal, to get the measure to ban fracking on the ballot and before voters.  35,000 people attend Earth Day in Santa Barbara.  We need as many occupyers as we can get out there to get petitions signed.  I will be training people to do it.  And, am precinct walking in Carp if anyone should care to join me.  Check out the following message.  And then, when we’re done in Santa Barbara, let’s ban fracking in Ventura!

FRACKING is the process of deep, intense injectible drilling, requiring large quantities of water and numerous unknown chemicals, which pollute our oceans, lakes, and water table.

FRACKING shatters shale rock, releasing radium particles and exposing our waters to proven radioactive carcinogens.

FRACKING, by its intensity and depth, has increased earthquakes sixfold in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.  We don’t need man-made earthquakes adding to our shaky ground in Santa Barbara and California.

FRACKING of wells, according to the “California Restoration Effort” of Louisiana, has caused 54,000 new leaks in the Gulf.  “We find new leaks every day,” said a Restoration spokesperson, and “only 10% of them are reported, although oil companies are required to do so.”  –Should we risk being treated with this same crude behavior by big oil here in Santa Barbara?

WHY WASHINGTON WON’T DO THE RIGHT THING

Politics in Washington works like this:  Our legislators listen to big oil giants and their lobby.  Then they accept bribes or submit to pressure by oil lobbyists.  And then lobbyists get their legal teams together to write laws for companies and not for people. Many such laws are consequently passed without fanfare, and end up being part of the problem, favoring big oil and not the health, safety or welfare of all of us.  The result is an “exception rule” for big oil, which will not identify chemicals used, and which permits oil and gas companies to act irresponsibly and  with impunity and no accountability.

WHY THE PEOPLE OF SANTA BARBARA WILL DO THE RIGHT THING

In Santa Barbara, we are WISER and SMARTER.  We are not like Washington.  We care about our environment, our health, and our people.  We believe in transparency, and we know we are all in this together.  We understand that fracking is one mistake away from being irreversibly devastating to our health, our safety, and our future.  And we know this isn’t an issue that is republican or democrat.  It is an issue about protecting the quality of our lives and our environment.  In Santa Barbara, we put people first, not big oil.  And we demand that no one company or person be above the law. Because we care about our families and the quality of our lives, and we know it is water which sustains us, we know too, we must wisely ban fracking from our future.

VOTE SMART. VOTE WISELY************VOTE SMART. VOTE WISELY
BAN FRACKING IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

*JOIN US AT EARTH DAY FESTIVITIES AND HELP WITH OUR VOTER PETITION DRIVE TO INSURE THAT THE BAN FRACKING INITIATIVE GETS ON THE BALLOT AND BEFORE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY VOTERS.

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TODAY
Beginning today Earth Day, and every day this entire week:
The Santa Barbara County Ban Fracking team is meeting in Linden Field, Carpenteria, 5pm to go door-to-door to get signatures to place the ban of fracking initiative on Santa Barbara’s ballot.

This will be great experience for those of us who want to follow through on a fracking ban initiative in Ventura County.  I have been trained in signature gathering and would be happy to train anyone interested in participating.  You must be a registered voter in California to help.

This weekend, we will also be out in great numbers to complete the drive for signatures at Earth Day festivities in Santa Barbara.  This event draws as many as 35,000 people.  We need as many trained petitioners as we can get to OCCUPY the crowds and reach our goal of 18,000 signatures.  We are currently at 12,000, with only a week left to go.  This next Monday is the deadline.  Let’s help out our neighbors, the SantaBarbarins, and in turn, I think they will help their Venturans.   Reach me by emailing “grantpeacenurse726@gmail” — Grant

 

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