Stop Fracking California - 2014/2015 Update
350 Bay Area’s Stop Fracking committee works to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as well as other extreme forms of oil extraction in California, such as cyclic steam injection and acidization. These extreme oil extraction methods contribute a larger greenhouse gas footprint than conventional oil and coal over their lifetime as well as pollute water, land and air. The majority of fracking in California is being done in Kern County, which is also the state’s leading oil production site; you can learn about other locations here. California’s largest shale oil reserves are found in a large deposit called the Monterey Shale which runs from Northern LA County to the eastern Central Valley and up through the central coast. Due to dropping oil prices there is some question as to whether oil companies find it economically feasible to go after this oil, but it is still critical to STOP fracking/extracting unconventional oil deposits in California for climate, water and health reasons.
Listen to voices of communities impacted by fracking in these two videos:
Fracking in Kern County: video here
Faith leaders against fracking: video here
CURRENT PRIORITY: We are organizing local outreach, rally preparations, artwork and volunteers for upcoming WE NEED REAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP, a statewide rally and march to bring 10,000 people out against fracking in Oakland on Feb 7, 2014. March for Real Climate Leadership info here. Find out how you can become more involved and volunteer at this rally!
Key Actions in 2014:
- Conducted speakers training for volunteers doing community outreach and education on fracking (Jan-Feb, 2014). Presented to local democratic clubs, faith groups and community groups to promote broader action against fracking.
- Legislative organizing and lobbying for AB 1132 a fracking moratorium bill by Holly Mitchell (D-LA) (failed in state Senate). Visiting several legislative staff to promote a ban.
- Helped organize and raise funds for statewide Don’t Frack California Rally with 4,000 converging on the state capitol (March, 2014)
- Supported local ballot measures/campaigns to ban fracking in San Benito and Santa Barbara counties (June-November, 2014), and supporting a fracking moratorium ordinance in Alameda County
- Sponsored benefit event with Dr. Sandra Steingraber, founder of NY’ers Against Fracking and Concerned Health Professionals of New York (July, 2014). We donated more than $3,000 to local fracking ban campaigns.
350 Bay Area Stop Fracking is a member of Californians Against Fracking. As a member of Californians Against Fracking, we coordinate our efforts with 200 groups statewide who work to bring a halt to fracking and other extreme forms of oil extraction at the local level (local bans and moratoria) and state level (focus on the Governor and Legislators).
Organizing at the Crossroads: What Real Climate Leadership Looks Like!
California is standing at the crossroads between deadly fossil fuel-dependency and the promise of an emerging social and economic renewal. And only an equitable, green energy transition rooted in environmental justice can take us there.
Come hear an inspiring panel of real climate leaders who are unafraid to face this challenge head on: newly elected Assemblymember Tony Thurmond of AD 15 and Richmond City Councilperson Eduardo Martinez; Mary Lim Lampe of Genesis and Gamaliel; Erin Carrera, RN, of the California Nurses Association; community organizers Andrés Soto of Communities for a Better Environment and Margaret Gordon of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, and Juan Flores of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. Pennie Opal Plant offers the opening invocation. Forum MC is New Yorkers Against Fracking co-founder and Californians Against Fracking organizer, David Braun. Other speakers TBA.
The evening panel discussion will showcase how everyday Californians are in the fight of our lives against all aspects of the fossil fuel economy including extraction, infrastructure and transport, and our resistance to the industry’s assault on sustainable businesses and innovation. We’ll be exploring the intersections between our movements and aligning our energies behind one common goal: a truly clean energy future where our children are not poisoned for toxic profits.
March for Real Climate Leadership: Help us make this the largest climate rally in California history!
When: 11:30 am, February 7, 2015
Where: 14th & Broadway, Oakland (Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza)
Sign up/RSVP your friends, co-workers, school, union, and other groups to join us!