As the fourth largest oil state in the country, California must manage a massive wastestream from the oil and gas sector. This waste threatens the state's water quality and environmental health. In 2013, the oil and gas industry produced 8 billion gallons of oil in California and 130 billion gallons of wastewater. This represents about 95% of all fluids recovered from California oil wells.
After 6 years of advocating for a state-wide bag ban, and 121 local bag bans, Clean Water Action and our allies finally succeeded in passing a state-wide bag ban. That makes California the second state in the nation to ban single use plastic grocery bags. SB 270 (Padilla and DeLeon) passed on August 29, 2014 and now it goes to Governor Brown’s desk for signature. It's a great win for California. Tell Governor Brown to sign this bill into law!
One of reasons both people and the environment continue to be exposed to toxic chemicals is because their presence is hidden, often intentionally, from consumers, employers, and even the government. This year Clean Water Action helped pass a number of bills that promote more chemical transparency and ensure the public and state’s right to know about chemicals in products, schools, and workplaces.
Oakland - Yesterday the Legislature passed SB 1281 (Pavley), which requires disclosure and reporting of water use by oil and gas drilling companies. The bill also requires the reporting and disclosure of wastewater disposal locations and methods. As the third largest oil producing state, and home to 17 refineries, California faces significant threats from drilling, fracking, and the transport of crude oil by rail. The passage of SB 1281 is one more step by the Legislature to protect California's families and communities from the impacts of fracking and other unconventional methods of oil extraction. Clean Water Action applauds Senator Fran Pavley for her leadership and urges Governor Brown to sign SB 1281 as soon as possible.
Update 9/26/14: Governor Brown signed SB 1281 into law on September 25. Thank you Governor for putting this important measure into place.
Miriam Gordon, Clean Water Action's California Director, released the following statement.
As we move into the final days 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 and gas drilling and fracking, drinking water and the drought, reducing plastic pollution, and toxic chemical reform.