PETITION FOR A MORATORIUM ON FRACKING IN CALIFORNIA
We, the citizens of California, petition Governor Jerry Brown to put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in California. We are alarmed that the oil and gas industry’s fracking practices in California have been essentially unregulated. Furthermore, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has failed to consider or evaluate the risks of fracking. Although DOGGR is the state agency charged with regulating all oil and gas well activity in California, it admits it has not permitted or monitored the impacts of fracking and has never formally evaluated the potential environmental and health effects of the practice, even as it continues to approve new permits for oil and gas wells.
Recently, it became clear that unregulated fracking could expand dramatically on the 1700-square-mile Monterey Shale formation that runs from Los Angeles County to the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley, including Kern County, and to the coast. This revelation has helped drive up concern. Please use your office to ensure there is a moratorium on fracking in California until we have certainty that fracking is not and will not harm public health and the environment in our state.
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