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I apologize for this late notice. This was just sent in.
The California Appropriations committee is meeting this Monday 5/19/14. They need to hear from you. There is a big game going on. This hearing was supposed to be on the the 30th. Now I just find out that the hearing is on Monday instead. Please call , or e-mail or fax by 9am Monday. We are hoping the aides will check and get the messages through. Please state that you are asking each senator for an immediate moratorium on fracking in California.
On 5/15/14, 50,000 gallons of crude oil just spilled in a industrial neighborhood of Atwater Village near Glendale in North Los Angeles. Read Article
It was being piped from Bakersfield to Redondo Beach to be refined, or even to Texas! This is a side effect of fracking. I am sure hundreds of gallons seeped into the LA river and are flowing out to Marina del Rey. That will never be reported on the news. My heart is hurting for the critters along the way. Not to mention residents in the area who are breathing in the fumes. Two people were hospitalized with nausea.
There is a big bait and switch going on. Very frustrating. Please call, e-mail or fax. If you can do it first thing at 9am Monday, that would be great. If you leave a message, Please leave your last name and zip code for the record. Thank You.
Senate Appropriations Committee: http://sapro.senate.ca.gov/
Senator Kevin de Leon (Chair)
State Capitol, Room 5108
Senator Mimi Walters (Vice Chair)
State Capitol, Room 3086
Senator Ted Gaines
State Capitol, Room 3070
Senator Jerry Hill
State Capitol, Room 5064
Phone: (916) 651-4013
Fax: (916) 651-4913
Senator Ricardo Lara
State Capitol, Room 5050
Phone: (916) 651-4033
Fax: (916) 651-4933
Senator Alex Padilla
State Capitol, Room 4038
Phone: (916) 651-4020
Fax: (916) 651-4920
Senator Darrell Steinberg
State Capitol, Room 205
Phone: (916) 651-4006
Fax: (916) 651-4906
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Thanks to Aura Walker for this information.
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Here are some petitions and links to free documentaries on Fracking. We need to keep up the pressure in California!
BAN FRACKING IN VENTURA
Fracking is a toxic method of oil and gas extraction that involves blasting vast quantities of water and toxic chemicals deep underground–and it’s endangering countless Californians’ health, safety and livelihoods.
BAN FRACKING IN LOS ANGELES
As the City celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles aqueduct, the Sierra snow-pack is at historic lows and the need for L.A. to bolster and protect its local water supply is greater than ever. Currently, the single most ominous threat to L.A.’s water supply is fracking – hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and gravel packing and the hazardous activities related to them (including drilling and wastewater disposal). Fracking is a highly polluting form of oil and gas extraction that involves blasting huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals into the earth to break up rock formations.
Support the fracking moratorium proposed by LA City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz.
BAN FRACKING IN CALIFORNIA
California is already earthquake prone. Fracking will exacerbate the risks of earthquakes as huge hydraulic drills will core deep into the earth, moving already loose tectonic plates. Please! It is common sense. Additionally, poisonous gases will permanently pollute many precious aquifers, irreversibly poisoning our drinking water. Please follow the sane example of Vermont, and Ban Fracking in California.
FILMS ABOUT FRACKING
Watch Documentaries About Fracking FREE
WHY WE CAN’T AFFORD FRACKING –
1) There is a DROUGHT in California
Fracking uses a lot of water. It puts toxins in the water that are then circulated into the public water supply. California is a desert in case you didn’t know. We already have to bring most of our water in as it is. We can’t afford to let this continue. Dick Cheney got the exemption for franking put in place, so that they would not have to abide by the Clean water act or other safety measures previously put in place to prevent pollution of our water.
2) Fracking puts toxins in our WATER
It puts toxins in the water that are then circulated into the public water supply. Many of the chemicals they use are “proprietary” meaning “secret” so we don’t even know what is in the water. What are we bathing in? What are we drinking. It is not safe.
3) California is an Earthquake area
Fracking destroys our underground infrastructure, making it more susceptible to movement when an earthquake strikes. It has already caused land movement in many areas, with people’s homes nearby suffering structural damage over the years as the land underneath their houses has shifted.
There are more reasons why we need to stop this practice now and move on. Please do your own research.
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Update from Aura Walker on Fracking in California: June 27, 2013
100,000 SIGNATURES TURNED IN TO BAN FRACKING IN CALIFORNIA!
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: email@example.com 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
Another Petition —
FOOD AND WATER WATCH PETITION TO BAN FRACKING: https://secure3.convio.net/fww/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=193
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If the Governor signs Ms. Mitchell’s bill (Culver City) or a similar bill by Assembly Member Bloom (Santa Monica), the oil industry will be ordered to stop fracking for several years while studies are conducted.
More Background information:
You can also just search on this site for “fracking” and get more background info.