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Activist Delivers 70,000 Signatures Against Fracking in California

Fracking Meeting with AsmGatto

On Thursday, August 29th, Dorothy Reik, a MoveOn.org member from Topanga, to delivered over 70,000 petition signatures from from MoveOn, CREDO, and Friends of the Earth to State Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (CA-43) and Assembly Speaker John Pérez’s (CA-53) offices, urging them to add an immediate moratorium on fracking to State Sen. Fran Pavley’s regulatory bill (SB4). The bill originally contained a moratorium on fracking, but it was stripped out in the Senate due to industry pressure. MoveOn member

“The people of California want a ban on fracking now and the California Democratic Party passed a resolution calling for a fracking moratorium. But right now, the state legislature is considering legislation on fracking, and the leaders of the Democratic Party–Governor Brown, Speaker Perez, President Pro Tem Steinberg–have blocked attempts to pass a moratorium,” explained Dorothy Reik in her petition on MoveOn.org.  “Fracking and burning the existing 15 billions barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale will cause almost as much global warming as the Keystone XL pipeline. Fracking has been proven to contaminate ground water and the air we breathe with carcinogens and other poisons. We need to ban fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques until there is absolute proof that they are safe.”