The “Don’t Frack California” team of the Chapter’s Energy Committee had its kick-off meeting on Oct. 21. We unanimously agreed that we want to keep “dirty” oil in the ground.
While fracking may not take place in the Bay Area, we will feel its impact. Local refineries are preparing to process shale oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale fields, and if significant crude oil starts flowing from the Monterey Shale, pipelines will carry such oil, and trains full of it could soon roll through our communities, endangering our waterways and environment.
From a global perspective, these oils should be left in the ground because producing and burning them releases greenhouse gases that compromise other efforts at limiting climate change.
One strategy is to target Gov. Brown, because he and the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources have authority to impose a moratorium on fracking, without legislative action, just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo did in New York. Make calls to Brown’s office at (916)445-2841 every Monday to ask him to ban fracking.
To learn more about possible strategies and to participate with our fracktivist team to implement them, come to meetings of the Don’t Frack California team. Our next meetings will be at 7 pm on Mon., Nov. 18, and Mon., Dec. 9, at the Sierra Club Bay Chapter Office, 2530 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley.
Also come to “Fracking 101″ on Tue., Nov. 19, at 7 pm at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. This is a joint event between the Sierra Club and 350 Bay Area for those who want to get active in the fight against fracking and other extreme forms of oil extraction in California. It will give you the information to speak to the public about fracking/acidizing in California and their risks to the water we drink, the air we breathe, and worsening of climate disruption. The evening will include:
- Lora Jo Foo of the Bay Chapter’s Don’t Frack California team describing the process of fracking/acidizing in California: what are the risks to water, climate, public health, etc.?
- Adam Scow of Food & Water Watch reviewing the past year’s efforts to stop fracking in California;
- Shannon Biggs and Adam Scow presenting Local Efforts 101: how to work with local elected officials to pass resolutions and ordinances against fracking;
- breakout sessions: action-oriented working groups to brainstorm the coming year’s strategies.
For more information or to RSVP, contact team co-chairs Lora Jo Foo and Aria Cahir at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510)282-9454.
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For more information about fracking and our efforts to stop it, see http://sfbay.sierraclub.org/environment/fracking.