Why is fracking so bad for California? 

Fracking will waste water we don't have to spare ...

On the heels of California’s worst drought in recorded history, the last thing we should do is let water-intensive fracking spread across the state. According to the U.S. Energy Administration, oil companies could drill as many as 25,000 fracking wells in our state — each one using about 10 times more water than a typical California family in one year. Here's where they're thinking about fracking:

... not to mention this drilling is dirty and dangerous

It’s not just the fact that fracking wastes water we don’t have. Fracking also laces water with known cancer-causing chemicals, emits global warming pollution, and turns open space into industrial zones. We need to come together right now to ban fracking. Take action now to keep fracking out of California.

Time is running out, and Gov. Brown is leaning the wrong way

In waters off Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, oil companies have used fracking at least 203 times at six sites in the past two decades.

Your activism and our advocacy are a powerful combination and making a big difference on making sure more wells aren't drilled. But unfortunately, when it comes to fracking, Gov. Jerry Brown is leaning the wrong way. That’s why we’ve launched a major grassroots campaign, and to kick it off, we need to mobilize the public behind a complete ban on fracking in California before it’s too late. Join the thousands of Californians who have already sent a message to the governor.

Our staff have been knocking on doors across the state to educate Californians about what’s at stake. We’re also testifying in Sacramento, educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to ban fracking in California.

In fact, we're building a movement

In addition to our massive grassroots outreach, Environment California has been hosting “Fracktivist Trainings” across the state, teaching critical campaign skills to everyday Californians who want to get involved in the fight against fracking. From Sacramento to Los Angeles, we’ve taught more than 100 Californians ways that they can build support for a ban on fracking. We’re building the anti-fracking movement in California day-by-day and making sure our decision makers get the message loud and clear: Californians don't want fracking in our state. If you agree, send your message to the governor now.

But the real key to winning is you

It was grassroots opposition that forced New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his support for fracking in his state. We need to build the same kind of opposition here in California to show Gov. Brown that he should continue his environmental legacy and not sacrifice our environment to enrich the oil industry. The real key to winning this fight is having Californians like you with us.

Issue updates

News Release | Environment California

Breakthroughs Takes on Fracking

Sacramento—This week, Martin Sheen’s Breakthroughs program released an expose on fracking featuring Environment America, the national arm of Environment California, to public television stations across the country.  As the debate over dirty drilling continues to mount, the Breakthroughs piece could reach as many as 60 million viewers in all 50 states.

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News Release | Environment California

U.S. House Approves Reckless Fracking Bill

Sacramento, CA.  By a vote of 235-187, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved its latest giveaway to the oil and gas industry: a bill to boost ‘fracking,’ the dirty process of drilling that has contaminated water supplies from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and is making families near drilling sites sick from air pollution. At the same time, members of the Arts and Entertainment community banded together calling on Governor Brown and President Obama to ban fracking.

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News Release | Environment California

CELEBRITIES ASK GOVERNOR BROWN, “WHAT THE FRACK?”

Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2013) — Today, some of California’s most famous environmental advocates—including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others—will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate California residents about the dangers that fracking poses to the Golden State, and to put pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking and move toward a renewable energy economy instead. 

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Fracking by the Numbers

San Francisco, CA — Today, a new Environment California Research and Policy Center report called “Fracking by the Numbers” measures the damage being done by dirty drilling across the country. On the heels of legislation to regulate fracking in California, the report is the first study of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking damage to date—including toxic wastewater, water use, chemical use, air pollution, land damage and global warming emissions. Extrapolating from the national data, this report provides key insight into what could happen to California’s water, air, and beautiful places absent a statewide ban on fracking. 

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