Clean Water Action is supporting a package of strong bills to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing. Among the bills that we are sponsoring and supporting are three that would impose a moratorium on fracking in California and bills that implement safeguards such as groundwater monitoring, wastewater disposal planning, a rigorous permitting process, and full chemical disclosure.
Click here to read about all of the fracking related bills and follow their status.
Putting the Brakes On
Big oil has its sights on California. Plans are in motion to make the state the nation’s number one oil producer, moving up from its current 4th place position. New hydraulic fracturing (fracking) techniques are a big part of industry’s strategy. Though oil developers promise an economic boom for the state, increased fracking has the potential to cause serious environmental and health harm, and California residents and other industries might be forced to shoulder those costs.
Click here to tell your legislators to vote YES on AB 1301 (Bloom), AB 1323 (Mitchell) and AB 649 (Nazarian). These bills would place a moratorium on fracking in California until the process has been proven to be safe. We need at least one of these strong bills to pass out of the Assembly Appropriations committee.
While California is considering many good bills to address fracking, one bill threatens to codify weak industry friendly regulations – AB 7 (Wieckowski). Among its many problems, AB 7 was written in consultation with the oil industry – the very group it’s meant to regulate, and has no support from environmental and health groups.
Help us stop AB 7 today! Click here to send a message to your elected officials
Clean Water Action is working to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Across the country, communities are suffering from health impacts related to fracking including: contaminated drinking water and polluted air, degradation of local waterways, and decreased property values. In most states, fracking operations are designed to extract natural gas reserves. In California, it’s all about oil.
Manufacturing products with less toxic materials and promoting the development of "green chemistry" can not only protect our communities, workers, and ecosystems, but can actually save businesses money, increase efficiency, reduce liability, and give them a competitive advantage as other parts of the world regulate the use of toxic materials.
As California enters its third consecutive dry year, water conservation is a popular topic - television, newspapers, billboards, and radio messages are telling us to conserve water because of the drought.
Clean Water Action agrees that we should practice additional conservation during times of drought. But California's is a dry climate that is expected to become dryer still as the impacts of climate change intensify. This drought gives us an opportunity to rethink our attitudes about and our overall use of water.