Organizational Sign On: Support AB1301, A Moratorium on Fracking in California

Dear Friends,

Please join us in supporting AB1301 (http://bit.ly/AB1301), which places a moratorium on fracking in California, by signing your organization on to the below letter of support or sending in your own letter. If you have any questions, please contact Rose Braz at rbraz@biologicaldiversity.org or 415.632.5319.

With many thanks,
Center for Biological Diversity
Clean Water Action
Food and Water Watch
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SIGN ON LETTER

Assembly member Richard Bloom
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0050
Fax: (916) 319-2150

April __, 2013

RE: AB 1301 (Bloom) SUPPORT

Dear Assembly member Bloom,

We, the undersigned organizations, are pleased to support Assembly Bill 1301, your bill that places a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in California and mandates review of the threats the practice poses to the environment and public health.

Fracking endangers our climate, air, water, wildlife, public health, and private property. Fracking is already taking place in at least 9 counties in California and is slated for expansion in many areas across the state. Nationally, fracking and its resulting toxic wastewater have developed an extensive track record of spills, accidents, leaks, pollution, and property damage. California already has serious water contamination and air pollution problems, and fracking will only worsen these grave threats to public health. The pollution and intense industrial development associated with fracking also threaten key wildlife habitat and our agricultural industry.

Finally, we are concerned that fracking will greatly undermine California’s efforts to address the climate crisis. Recent studies suggest that fracking causes such profuse methane emissions that fracked natural gas can have a greater greenhouse gas footprint than coal. Moreover, in California, much of the anticipated fracking boom will be aimed at extracting oil from our Monterey Shale formation. Having just witnessed the hottest year on record in the contiguous U.S., it is more important than ever that California lead the way in the fight against climate change.

We thank you for your leadership in this important effort to protect Californians and our air, water, wildlife, climate and public health from the dangers of fracking, and we strongly support AB 1301.

Sincerely,

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