Over 5 million Californians live less than a mile from an active oil well—with low-income communities and communities of color facing disproportionate health and safety impacts. Studies link proximity to oil and gas wells to a host of health impacts and environmental pollution, including asthma and other respiratory ailments. In the midst of the COVID-19 respiratory pandemic, these communities are more likely to experience severe outcomes.
- (By June 9th) Click here to send a letter to the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), which has recklessly granted 24 fracking permits to expand operations during the pandemic. CalGEM is undertaking a process to update public health and safety protections for communities near oil drilling sites. Big Oil has been aggressively fighting against changes to oil drilling practices. This rulemaking process is our chance to urge the State of California to establish a 2,500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone between fossil-fuel infrastructure and homes, schools, and other sensitive sites.
- Email state Senator Mike McGuire today and urge him to vote YES on Assembly Bill 345.
AB 345 will require the agency that regulates oil drilling to establish a setback for oil and gas operations to protect people who live, play, work, or go to school nearby.