Public access to information about toxic chemicals used in fracking is at risk again.
AB 7 (Wieckowski), a bill that would allow companies like Halliburton to hide behind the law to keep information about chemicals used in fracking away from the public, is up for a vote any day now in the Assembly.
Call your Assembly representative now and urge a NO vote on AB 7! Tell your legislator today that poisonous fracking fluids pumped into the ground do NOT deserve trade-secret protections. And doctors should not be prohibited from sharing all they learn about the effects fracking fluids have on their patients.
We thought we had ended AB 7 in an Assembly committee (see “Club opposes fracking-secrecy bills”), but it has re-emerged and it is headed to the Assembly floor.
The fight to control fracking in California now revolves around the public’s right to know what toxic chemicals are being injected under pressure into the earth to extract oil—including near sensitive groundwater sources. AB 7 orders regulatory agencies to treat fracking fluid content as a secret if fracking-fluid makers and users, like Halliburton, want to keep the information away from the public. The bill also contains an astounding gag on physicians.
Thanks for standing up for the environment and the public’s right to know.
Kathryn Phillips, director, Sierra Club California