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January 17th, 2014

Californians Against Fracking to Protest at Governor Brown’s State of the State Address Next Week

As California’s drought conditions worsen, opposition to the water-intensive drilling technique called fracking, and other extreme oil extraction methods, continues to grow. The latest show of opposition to these techniques will be in Sacramento next week when concerned Californians will rally at the Capitol for Governor Brown’s State of the State Address to voice their concerns.

WHO: 350.org, California State Grange, Center for Biological Diversity, Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, CREDO, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International and other members of the statewide coalition Californians Against Fracking

WHAT: A large anti-fracking demonstration to take place before and during Governor Brown’s State of the State Address. Californians from across the state are expected to attend with signs, chants, banners and a large mock oil drill rig, to send a message to Governor Brown that his legacy as a climate leader is in jeopardy as long as he allows fracking to proceed.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 8a.m.-10a.m.

WHERE: 11th and L street (North Side of State Capitol), Sacramento, California

BACKGROUND:

Fracking uses huge volumes of water mixed with dangerous chemicals to blast open rock formations and release oil and gas. Fracking releases large amounts of methane, a dangerously potent greenhouse gas. The controversial technique has been used in hundreds and perhaps thousands of California oil and gas wells without regulation. Rather than protecting our state, rules recently proposed by state officials will actually open the door to fracking, further endangering California’s air, water, wildlife, public health and climate.

Oil companies are gearing up to frack large reservoirs of unconventional shale oil in the Monterey Shale. The area is home to some of the state’s most productive farmland, critical water sources, important wildlife habitat and dozens of towns and cities from the Salinas Valley to the Los Angeles Basin.

Since the launch of Californians Against Fracking in May of 2013, nearly 200,000 petitions have been signed urging Governor Brown to ban fracking in California. Farmers, environmental justice groups, public health advocates, local elected officials, students, celebrities and many others are calling on Governor Brown to halt fracking in California. Most recently, on January 14, Californians Against Fracking delivered over 100,000 public comments denouncing Governor Brown’s fracking regulations and calling for a ban on fracking.

CONTACT: Anna Ghosh, 510-922-0075, [email protected]

DAY-OF CONTACT: Adam Scow, 510-229-8970

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