Flawed Fracking Bill Passes California Assembly
Members of Californians Against Fracking respond as SB 4 heads to Senate for Concurrence
Sacramento, Calif.— Senate Bill 4, which undermines existing environmental law and leaves Californians unprotected from fracking and other dangerous and extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques, passed the California Assembly today and will likely head to Governor Brown’s desk after a concurrent vote in the Senate.
Farmers, environmental justice groups, public health advocates, local elected officials, students, Hollywood, and many others are calling on Governor Brown to put a stop to fracking in California – nearly 200,000 petitions have been signed urging Governor Brown to ban fracking in California.
Below is the response from steering committee members of the statewide coalition Californians Against Fracking:
“This legislation does nothing to stop fracking or protect communities across the state from its harmful effects and last minute changes to the bill made it even worse,” said Adam Scow, California campaigns director at Food & Water Watch. “The threats to our state’s water, air, and climate are real and pressing and we don’t have time for half measures like SB 4. We need courageous leadership – it’s time for Governor Brown to act now to ban fracking in California.”
“This vote to allow fracking in California and exempt it from California’s benchmark environmental law shows that our Assembly has thoroughly failed at protecting Californians,” said Zack Malitz, campaign manager for CREDO. “We’re depending on Governor Brown to step in to prevent the wholesale fracking of our state.”
“There’s only one prudent next step to protect California’s water, air, and climate – for Governor Brown to place an immediate moratorium on fracking, acidizing, and other unconventional methods of exploiting fossil fuels,” said Victoria Kaplan, campaign director at MoveOn.org. “Legislators have failed to heed the wishes of a majority of Californians calling for a moratorium or a ban and MoveOn members will continue to organize across the state for an end to fracking.”
“The passage of SB 4 demonstrates the continuing stranglehold that Big Oil has on the political process in Sacramento. Attempts to find common ground with an industry hell-bent on exploiting every last drop of oil regardless of the impact on California’s water, valuable farmland and the climate are inevitably bound to fail. The passage of this mangled bill only confirms the need for a moratorium on these dangerous extraction techniques,” said Ross Hammond, senior campaigner with Friends of the Earth.
“This bill will not protect Californians from the enormous threats of fracking pollution,” said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute. “Fracking poses unacceptable risks to the air we breathe, the water we drink and our climate. We’ll keep working to end this inherently dangerous activity in our state.”
“SB 4 tragically green-lights an extremely dangerous practice with terrible public health impacts near the homes and schools of California’s communities already most overburdened by pollution,” said Madeline Stano, Luke Cole Memorial Fellow at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment.
Californians Against Fracking is a coalition of environmental, business, health, agriculture, labor, political, and environmental justice organizations working to win a statewide ban on fracking in California. For more information and to sign the petitions to ban fracking in California, visit: www.CaliforniansAgainstFracking.org
Anna Ghosh, [email protected], Food & Water Watch,510-922-0075