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California Senate Fails to Pass Fracking Moratorium- Kern County Residents Most At Risk

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 the California Senate failed to pass SB 1132 (Mitchell/Leno) which would have put a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other forms of oil and gas well stimulation methods. The measure lost by a narrow margin, despite recent polling that 68% of Californians support a time out on fracking. Additionally, the federal government has recently downgraded the estimated amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by 96%, dispelling the myth that fracking will lead to an oil boom in California.
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05/29/2014 - 18:35

Californian's Speak Out on Fracking

Tuesday, January 14th marked the end of California's 60 day public comment period on proposed fracking regulations. Over the last two months Clean Water Action members and supporters have spoken, submitting thousands of comments calling for a halt to fracking in California. Residents across the state have turned out in record numbers to voice their concerns, packing public hearing rooms from Oakland to Santa Maria to Bakersfield to Long Beach to Sacramento to Long Beach. Clearly, the public has something to say about fracking, and clearly Californians don't want it happening in our state.

Read our comments on the proposed rules here and our letter to Governor Brown calling for a moratorium here.

Oil, Gas and Fracking in California

LATEST NEWS: SB 1132 Fails in the Senate

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 the California Senate failed to pass SB 1132 (Mitchell/Leno) which would have put a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other forms of oil and gas well stimulation methods. The measure lost by a narrow margin, despite recent polling that 68% of Californians support a time out on fracking. Additionally, the federal government has recently downgraded the estimated amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by 96%, dispelling the myth that fracking will lead to an oil boom in California.

The people with the most to lose after the failure of SB 1132 are the communities of Kern County, where an estimated 80% of fracking and other oil drilling occurs in California. At least 22 different communities lie within 5 miles of oil and gas drilling in Kern County, including many directly adjacent to and surrounded by drilling operations, exposing thousands of residents to health threatening air pollution that has been linked to low birth weights, respiratory illness and cancer.

Although  the Legislature failed to pass a moratorium, Governor Brown still has the authority to implement and immediate moratorium, an act that would be in line with the Democratic Party platform and the wishes of more than two thirds of Californians. 

Click the "Stop Fracking" button to take action today and send a message to Governor Brown to support a moratorium! 

Stop Fracking with California!

Clean Water Action is working to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and other risky methods of oil drilling. Across the country, communities are suffering from health and environmental impacts related to oil and gas production, 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.

2014 Clean Water Action Legislative Priorities

As we move into the second half of the 2014 Legislative session, Clean Water Action is working to pass important bills to protect California's water and health. There are active bills dealing with oil, gas and drilling and fracking, drinking water and the drought, reducing plastic pollution, and toxic chemical reform. Click here to read about our  priorities for the rest of the 2014 Legislative session.

Endorsing Clean Water Champions in California

vote button with stars and stripesOn Tuesday, June 3rd, California voters will go to the polls to select candidates for dozens of federal state and local offices.  Because of California’s new primary laws, the two top vote-getters in each race, regardless of party affiliation, will face off against one another in November.

The following clean water champions deserve your vote on Tuesday.

Government's Estimate of Available Oil Under California Was Off by 96%

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reportedly cut the amount of shale oil gas expected to be retrieved from the Monterey reserves in California, saying that earlier estimates overshot by quite a bit — about 96 percent. There goes our energy independence plan.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the EIA has revised downwards the amount of estimated possible oil extraction from 13.7 billion barrels to 600 million barrels. Oil taken from the Monterey Shale deposits was expected to boost the local economy by $24.6 billion each year and inject 2.8 million new jobs into the California market.
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05/21/2014

California Currents | Spring 2014

california currents
Spring 2014 Edition
Is a Fracking Moratorium in California’s Future?

Intense and growing pressure from Clean Water Action and others all across California have boosted the prospects for winning a moratorium this year on hydraulic fracturing (fracking, increasingly used for oil drilling), a top legislative priority for the past three years. The bill supported by Clean Water Action, SB1132 (Mitchell/Leno) would force a time-out while the state studies the risks. Concerns include groundwater contamination, greenhouse gas pollution, high volume water use, health-threatening air pollution and the potential for increased earthquake risk.

Another bill, SB1281 (Pavley) would protect communities and their water resources from other oil and gas activities. It would require oil drillers to disclose water use and increase oversight of industry’s wastewater handling and disposal. Read More

Take Action for Sustainable Water Funding

The entire state of California is suffering from severe drought this year.  No one is immune to the need to conserve, but some areas are better prepared than others to weather the drought because they made investments in local water supplies – like recycled water, groundwater recharge, water conservation and stormwater capture. Take action to protect our water!   

Stop Plastic Pollution Now!

turtle_eating_plastic_bags.jpgYou can help stop micro- plastic pollution in inland and coastal waters today! Take action here.

Your state legislators need to hear from you about two important bills. SB 270 (Padilla and DeLeon) will eliminate single use plastic bags at grocery and retail stores and AB 1699 (Bloom) will end the use of micro-plastic beads in facial scrubs and personal care products.  Both plastic bags and micro-beads contribute to the increasing load of plastic pollution in inland and ocean waters throughout the world. This is your chance to help stop this pollution.

Learn more about what we're doing to stop plastic pollution here.

Targeting Micro Plastic Debris

Our oceans are filling with plastic. And the problem is getting worse each year. In 1997, California researchers found six times more plastic than plankton on the surface of the North Pacific Gyre. Ten years later, when they repeated the study, the ratio of plastic to plankton was five times greater. Luckily there is something we can do about it - take action here.

Learn more about what we're doing about zeroa waste and plastic pollution.

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