Across the country, more than 1,000 documented cases of water contamination have been associated with fracking, which pollutes our air and emits methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. It also opens up new areas to fossil fuel development at a time when we need to transition rapidly to a clean and renewable energy future.
California's officials, in response to public concern, have issued draft regulations to govern fracking, but the proposed regulations would keep the practice shrouded in secrecy and do almost nothing to protect our environment.
California should follow the lead of New York, New Jersey and Vermont and prohibit fracking to protect our wildlife, our natural resources and our health. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity is joining our allies in pushing to get more signatures in support of a fracking ban than on any other environmental petition in the state’s history. We need your help now to make it happen.
To the Governor and California State Legislature:
Fracking is a dangerous method of oil and gas extraction that threatens our state's water, air, wildlife, public health and climate.
California needs to be a leader in protecting the environment and addressing the urgent danger of climate change.
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New York, New Jersey and Vermont have already enacted bans or moratoriums on fracking. Please follow the lead of other states and ban the practice now to ensure our environment and health stay safe.
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