The Stop Fracking California committee of 350 Bay Area is working to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, as well as other extreme forms of oil extraction in California. Fracking, acidizing and other extreme oil extraction methods threaten to contribute a larger greenhouse gas footprint than coal over a twenty-year time frame as well as pollute water, land and air in areas where it is being done.
We plan on coordinating our efforts with groups already working to bring a halt to fracking and other extreme forms of oil extractions, in California. Our focus will be on the potential increase in greenhouse gas emissions and resulting climate impacts that will occur if these dangerous processes are allowed in California.
350 Bay Area Stop Fracking is a member of Californians Against Fracking
At the Sierra Club East Bay Office, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, from 4 - 6 pm.
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Friday, July 25- Steingraber Speaking Event- Benefit initiatives to Ban Fracking- Read more and Buy tickets
2014 Fracking Moratorium bill SB 1132 dies in the California Senate!
For the second year in a row, a promising bill that would have put a moratorium on fracking and other extreme well extraction techniques did not pass out of the legislative branch in which it originated. SB 1132, authored by Senator Holly Mitchell, made it out of three different Senate committees, but failed finally on the Senate floor. It came achingly close to passage after the first vote, falling only 3 votes short at 18 ayes to 16 noes. But on the final reading it lost 2 of the ayes to die at 16 ayes to 16 noes. Fracktavists from many different organizations have vowed to re-double birddogging efforts on Governor Brown as a result of this disappointing result.
350.org and other environmental organizations, hosted by Center on Race Poverty and the Environment toured Kern County, hotbed of fracking activity and consequences. The resulting video urges Governor Brown to come see the impacts of fracking on the residents of Kern Co. Watch the video and sign the petition:
Then download the petition and get others to sign. Directions for completed petitions are on the bottom of the petition.
No Fracking Way Mondays -- Call Governor Brown -- Tell him to issue a moratorium on fracking in California!
Call Gov. Brown @ (916) 445-2841 every Monday to send this message:
The people of California want Governor Brown to be the real Climate Governor. Support a moratorium now. DON'T FRACK California
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Global Frackdown 2- October 20, Downtown Oakland
In spite of the BART strike about 200 people attended the Global Frackdown 2. It was a colorful and spirited demonstration of the public's rejection of extreme oil extraction methods such as fracking. Speakers included Jerome Waag, executive chef from Chez Panisse, from Chefs Against Fracking, Mari Rose from Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Marin County Supervisor and Coastal Commission member Steve Kinsey, Corey Hill from Global Exchange, Andy Katz from East Bay MUD, Ken Jones from 350 Marin and Rose Braz from Center for Biological Diversity. Singer Songwriter, Lucia Comnes performed her own songs for the crowd and led all in singing "Stop the Fracking" to the tune of "Clementine."
Frank Ogawa Plaza was bright with banners of many participating organizations, most member so the Californians Against Fracking alliance, and many homemade posters. There was a 50ft-long scroll with the names of fracking fluid chemicals, but only those that began with A could fit! There was a giant check to "buy" back California from the oil companies, made out to Governor Brown, representing 200,000 signatures of Californians who want to ban fracking, The biggest attraction was a 12 ft-high model of a drilling rig, which demonstrators carried over to the California State building on Clay St. at the end of the rally.