California still has zero regulation to protect our health and water from dangerous fracking — but that’s not stopping the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning off almost 18,000 acres of land for oil drilling and fracking next week.
Fracking contaminates precious water with toxic chemicals, generates cancer-causing air emissions, and in California could pollute crucial agricultural water and lands in the Central Valley, as parts of Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties are being auctioned off.
California’s environmental regulators are still drafting fracking regulations and fracking is exempt from many critical environmental laws like the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, so the BLM’s rush to auction off federal mineral rights puts Californians totally at the mercy of the fracking industry and should not move forward.
Each fracked oil well permanently contaminates millions of gallons of water with toxic chemicals that can leak into nearby water sources and wells. That puts California’s farming communities, many of which sit on top of oil that would be extracted with fracking, at risk in cases of fracking spills, accidents or leaks. Worse, because many of the oil leases being sold by the BLM are underneath private land, farmers may not even have a right to say no to oil development on their land!
We know what the result of California’s rush to frack will be if we don’t stop it now. In states like Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado, fracking is making landowners sick, killing livestock, poisoning water, devastating rural land values, and even possibly introducing toxic chemicals into our food supply, all while making us more reliant on planet-warming fossil fuels.
Many of these devastating effects are irreversible. That’s why it’s so important for the BLM to put its foot on the brake now, before selling off rights to oil companies to move ahead with totally unregulated fracking in California.
Thank you for standing up to the fracking industry.
Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets