On the evening of MLK day, 35 people gathered for information and discussion on Fracking in California. Transition SF invited four speakers to present information on hydraulic fracturing and how their organizations are opposing it in California. Video and slides from the talk will be posted at transitionsf.org.
Although fracking has been occurring in California for decades, we are now at the beginning of a new wave using aggressive new technologies. Pollution and other impacts are the expected result. Corporate lobbying has the ear of our governments more than concerned citizens are being heard. As the tension mounts here in California around fracking, now is the time for us to act together.
Here are recommendations from the speakers on how we citizens can be heard by our governments and make a real difference.
Rose Braz, Center for Biological Diversity
Event: Now is the time to join the Center for Biological Diversity on Friday, February 1, and tell our federal government to protect -- don’t frack -- our public lands. The Center is organizing a creative protest to tell the federal government: "Don't Frack Our Public Wildlands," and we need your support. We’ll have hazmat suits with props representing fracking fluids.
- What: Don't Frack Our Public Wildlands
- When: Friday, February 1, from 12 noon to 1:30pm
- Where: Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco CA 94102 (near Civic Center BART)
Adam Scow, Food and Water Watch
Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action
- What: Joint Hearing Senate Natural Resources And Water And Environmental Quality
- When: Tuesday, February 12, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
- Where: California State Senate, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)
Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange
Who decides if fracking happens where you live—communities or corporations? Under our current structure of law, communities are not allowed to say "no" to fracking even as our health, safety and welfare is at risk. The Community Rights Program is working with communities throughout California to pass cutting-edge ordinances that BAN fracking at the local level and elevate citizens' rights to decide if they want fracking in their community, not corporations or the state. We are working to write new laws asserting community rights and subordinating drilling companies (and state agencies) to local, democratic rule. The path for these cutting-edge laws was paved by over 150 US communities. Including the city of Pittsburgh, PA and a dozen other towns that banned fracking.
Event: Partnering with fracking allies and communities across California on a two-week statewide speaking tour. Public events, rallies, meetings with community groups ready to ban fracking; Raise awareness of fracking through public education and media attention; Support the statewide anti-fracking coalition.
You can help support the fight against fracking
- What: California Statewide Frack-down Tour
- When: April, 2013
- Where: Interested in holding an event, or hosting in your area to make this a reality? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
These four organizations are working hard to ban or regulate fracking in California. Those of you who are grateful for the work of these organizations here in California can offer your support.