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Santa Cruz Residents Join Largest Anti-Fracking Rally in California History
On March 15, a group of 50 Santa Cruz residents boarded a chartered bus to Sacramento to urge Governor Brown to protect the state’s air, water, and climate from fracking pollution. They were joined by 25 other buses from all over the state, and others, to form a crowd of over 3000 for the rally, which took take place on the Capitol Lawn.
Photo: Group assembled for bus ride at Gateway Plaza, Santa Cruz
Organized by the statewide coalition Californians Against Fracking and more than 80 individual environmental and public health organizations, the protest and march featured speakers from around California who are witnessing fracking in their communities and are organizing to end the use of this toxic way of producing oil and gas. Locally, the bus was organized by 350SantaCruz.org, a group dedicated to fighting and reversing climate change.
Santa Cruz County already has a fracking ban which was authored by John Leopold, but our close neighbors in San Benito County are presently fighting to put a ballot measure before voters to stop fracking near farms, wineries, homes and the Pinnacles National Monument. The water from San Benito drains into our beloved Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, threatening marine life, tourism and fishing.
Farmers, health professionals, environmental experts and citizens of affected communities urged Gov. Brown to end fracking to protect the state’s air, water, health and climate from fracking pollution. Fracking blasts huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals into the ground to break up rock formations.
New fracking and acidization techniques are opening up new sources of dirty oil in California’s Monterey Shale formation to extraction and combustion, threatening the state’s leadership on climate. Fracking also uses vast amounts of water and threatens to pollute water supplies at a time when California faces a devastating drought.
Acidization involves actually dissolving the rock matrix with Hydrofluoric Acid, an extremely hazardous material.
Birth defects are more common in babies born to mothers living near fracked wells, according to a new Colorado School of Public Health study. In California, a recent report found that fracking and acidizing operations employed 12 dangerous “air toxic” chemicals hundreds of times in the Los Angeles Basin over a period of a few months.
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