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Ban Oil/Gas Fracking in San Luis Obispo County, CA & underground pipeline in Nipomo, CA.

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Fracking is an inherently dangerous threat to our air, water and health. Ban Oil/Gas fracking now in San Luis Obispo County, CA.


Why is this important?
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.

Big Oil/Gas has plans to massively expand fracking in a huge section of the state roughly 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, from Modesto to San Diego County--putting our precious water, our farms, and our health at risk.

In the last ten years, fracking has expanded rapidly in states like Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Texas and Colorado. Residents living near fracking operations suffer from constant noise and light pollution, endless diesel truck traffic, toxic spills, contaminated water, dangerous air pollution, increased crime, and falling property values.

If fracking continues to expand, it could spell ruin for California farmers. Appallingly, even in times of drought, the fracking industry regularly outbids farmers for water rights, increasing the price of water and directly jeopardizing their livelihoods. And the toxic chemicals and heavy metals associated with fracking operations can contaminate the soil, air and water, leach into crops, and kill livestock.

But despite the clear risks posed to Californians by the oil industry's plans to frack our state, legislation that would have placed a moratorium on fracking died in the Assembly and Governor Brown appears eager to encourage the expansion of this toxic industry.

That's why we have to take matters into our own hands and ban fracking at the local level. Cities and counties in California have broad authority to ban fracking, and we should pressure our elected officials to step in where the state government has so far failed to act.

Local bans on fracking may also be one of the most effective strategies for winning change at the state level. If a wave of cities and counties in California reject fracking, it will put increased pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking in all of California.

Hundreds of communities across the country, from New York and New Mexico, to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado, have successfully passed local bans or moratoriums on fracking in order to protect their homes and pressure state officials to act. Ban underground pipeline project construction at the public park in Nipomo, CA.

Now it's up to us. Please sign my petition and help me ban fracking in our community. Together, we can pressure our elected officials to act.

Sources:


San Luis Obispo County Pending. 7/2017

Santa Barbara Becomes First California City to Pass Resolution Against Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling. 7/26/2017
https://www.ecowatch.com/santa-barbara-offshore-drilling-2465777011.html


Monterey County is California’s first major oil-producing county to ban fracking. 11/29/2016 

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/impact/monterey-county-california%E2%80%99s-first-major-oil-producing-county-ban-fracking


Alameda Becomes 5th County in California to Ban Fracking. 7/20/2016

https://www.ecowatch.com/alameda-county-becomes-fifth-in-california-to-ban-fracking-1933900702.html


What Banning Fracking in Butte County Taught Me about Grassroots Organizing. 6/17/2016

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/impact/what-banning-fracking-butte-county-taught-me-about-grassroots-organizing

Election win puts rural San Benito County on anti-fracking map. 11/29/2014

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-san-benito-fracking-20141129-story.html


Mendocino County is first California community to enact ban. 11/5/2017

http://www.ohio.com/blogs/drilling/ohio-utica-shale-1.291290/mendocino-county-is-first-california-community-to-enact-ban-1.538340


Beverly Hills Becomes First City in California to Pass Fracking Ban. 4/24/2014

https://www.ecowatch.com/beverly-hills-becomes-first-city-in-california-to-pass-fracking-ban-1881899667.html

 

 

 

 

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  • AND the Board of Supervisors
    Heidi Harmon, Mayor


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