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Dangerous and Close

Oil and gas companies are fracking near our communities, polluting our air and water, and risking the health of our children and other vulnerable populations. Fracking often is done very close to vulnerable people – infants, school children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems – even though communities typically seek to keep industrial activities far away from facilities serving these populations, such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centers. 

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Fracking is undoing California’s climate gains: Guest commentary

Gov. Jerry Brown is a smart, practical leader on the issue of climate change. That is why it is so disappointing to see him tripping on the issue of oil drilling in California. He moves us forward with solar power. He glides ahead on clean cars. But the governor stymies the progress by not regulating and phasing out oil drilling in the state.

News Release | Environment California

Methane Rules Fall Short of What's Needed

“To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must make deep cuts in all global warming pollutants, including methane. Today’s rule is a step forward, but it falls short of what’s needed to avert climate disaster. In the near term, we need controls on existing fracking and drilling operations. In the long term, we need to phase out our use of dirty fuels altogether and transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.”

News Release | Environment California

Representatives honor Earth Day with bill to protect public lands from fracking

Today in honor of Earth Day, Representatives Pocan (WI) and Schakowsky (IL) introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act (POPLA), the first ever Congressional effort to ban fracking on public lands, which would protect precious areas from Florida’s Everglades to New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon.

News Release | Environment California

Environment California Calls on Governor Brown to Follow Governor Cuomo and Ban Fracking in California.

Sacramento - Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo became the first Governor in the country to ban fracking. The decision came after an intensive review by the New York State Department of Health, which concluded that fracking is bad for the environment and dangerous for people who live near fracking facilities. The report cites potential environmental impacts and health hazards as reasons for the ban. The research includes recent findings from multiple studies conducted across the country. Based on that knowledge and the new evidence that continues to come in on fracking, Environment California is calling on Governor Brown to stop fracking in California.