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Push For a Fracking Moratorium Gains Momentum in Sacramento and Los Angeles

Damon Nagami

Posted February 24, 2014 in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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This month, California lawmakers at both the state and local levels are moving forward with efforts to put in place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other well stimulation activities. As I said in my blog post last month, an immediate fracking moratorium is needed to give the state time to thoroughly assess the health risks and environmental impacts of fracking and acidizing, and how to protect against them.

At the state level, Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno introduced a bill last week, Senate Bill 1132, that would put a halt to well stimulation activities, including fracking and acidizing, until the state completes a comprehensive study on the threats and impacts from fracking and measures are in place to protect against negative impacts. NRDC strongly supports this bill and in the coming months we will be working to get it passed through the Legislature.

And tomorrow, the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will be considering a motion by Council Members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin that would impose a moratorium on well stimulation activities until the City Council is assured that the environmental impacts are fully mitigated and public water supplies are fully protected. We strongly support this motion as well (see our support letter here), and will be at the PLUM meeting tomorrow to urge the Committee to pass this motion and move it to the full City Council for a vote.

NRDC commends these lawmakers for giving voice to the concerns of a majority of Californians who agree that a fracking moratorium is needed now. We are fully engaged in these efforts and will provide updates as they move forward in the process.

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Comments

Lauren SteinerFeb 24 2014 10:12 PM

Better late than never.:)

Damien LuzzoFeb 25 2014 01:20 PM

Great post Damon. But my only concern is the choice of words here:

"An immediate fracking moratorium is needed to give the state time to thoroughly assess the health risks and environmental impacts of fracking and acidizing, and how to protect against them."

This statement seems to imply that Fracking can be done safely, which it cannot. And it implies that regulatory agencies like DOGGR are effective (they most certainly aren't) and that their job is to "protect" the environment and public health.

For the sake of future generations and for the sake of a sustainable planet, we need to stop trying to make fossil fuel extraction safer, and we need to wake up to the climate reality and keep these fossil fuels in the ground.

(For examples on the failure of regulatory agencies and fracking regulations, see the SacBee's article today on the Eagle Ford Shale Boom in Texas : http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/25/6187288/fracking-boom-spews-toxic-air.html)

Thank you for the updates though. Good luck today LA! #UnFrackCal

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