TAKE ACTION


 

to support SB 467 which will:

  • create health and safety buffer zones between oil & gas and homes, schools, hospitals, prisons, and more

  • end dangerous drilling practices in California

  • provide steps for a just transition for workers 

Nearly  7.5 MILLION Californians sheltered-in-place within 1 mile of an  active oil or gas site. A majority of these residents are from low-income or Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities - a testament to the reality of  environmental racism  in California today.

Science has shown a 2,500 foot setback distance between oil and gas drilling and our homes, schools, hospitals, daycare facilities, and prisons is the bare minimum needed to protect people from the worst health outcomes of living near constant oil and gas pollution: asthma, cancers, high-risk pregnancies, and now an increased risk for a serious case of COVID-19.

 

It’s time to meet the urgency of the climate emergency by prioritizing the frontline communities it impacts most; that means committing to commonsense health and safety setbacks and the beginning of a just phaseout of the most dangerous drilling practices, taking into account the need for a just transition that prioritizes good, union jobs and the needs of oil and gas workers in our state.

 

Compounding the public health crisis that the fossil fuel industry creates, non-union blue collar workers, thousands of which are located here in Kern County, have lost their jobs to the whims of the declining oil market. On top of the usual challenges of unemployment, these laid-off workers now face higher water prices due to the tens of millions of gallons of water used in extraction that are too contaminated to re-enter our supply. We know that ignoring these problems will hurt workers, the economy, our most vital industries, and frontline communities. t’s time for a just transition that puts workers and our communities first.

 

Right now, SB 467, a bill that will create common sense health and safety setbacks and begin to limit the most dangerous fracking practices in our state, is making its way through the CA Senate. But we’re entering a big fight. Though 79% of Californians support a 2500’ buffer zone against oil operations and 74% of Californians say that elected officials should take action to protect their constituents from the health impacts associated with oil production, Big Oil spent 10 million dollars lobbying California officials in 2020, and it worked.

 

But what the Big Oil executives don’t have is people power.

 

Californians of all walks of life are ready for our legislators to take action in the name of public health and a just transition. All we’re missing is the political will. 


Take action to tell key California Legislators to vote #YesonSB467. We can’t wait any longer for an end to oil and gas drilling near our homes, schools, healthcare sites, and prisons.

Take these actions to make sure key California Senators vote #YesonSB467 to protect our public health and begin to protect workers from job loss from a dying industry.

1

Call Key Senators
  • Call 202-618-4297 to tell Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman to vote #YesonSB467

  • Call 218-209-4082 to tell Senator Robert Hertzberg to vote #YesonSB467

  • Call 844-672-5067 to tell Senator Ben Hueso to vote #YesonSB467

  • Call 202-883-6199 to tell Senator John Laird to vote #YesonSB467

 

2

Click here to write a Letter to the Editor demanding our legislators vote #YesonSB467!
 

3

Make a video showing your support of SB 467 using our toolkit
(in English or in Spanish).
 

4

Sign the petition to demand our legislators vote #YesonSB467

Thanks for Signing!

This year, nearly 7.5 million Californians sheltered-in-place to protect public health within 1 mile of an active oil or gas site. A majority of these residents are from low-income or Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities - a testament to the reality of environmental racism in California today.

 

Science has shown a 2,500 foot setback distance between oil and gas drilling and our homes, schools, hospitals, daycare facilities, and prisons is the bare minimum needed to protect people from the worst health outcomes of living near constant oil and gas pollution: asthma, cancers, high-risk pregnancies, and now an increased risk for a serious case of COVID-19.

 

Furthermore, buffer zones are common in other states with strong fossil fuel economies. Of the top eight oil-producing states in the country, four have statewide buffer zone requirements: Colorado, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. While Californians like to think of their state as being an innovator and leader when it comes to the environment, the reality is that the state is far behind the norm on the issue of protective setbacks. 

 

It’s time to meet the urgency of the climate emergency by prioritizing the frontline communities it impacts most; that means committing to commonsense health and safety setbacks and the beginning of a just phaseout of the most dangerous drilling practices, taking into account the need for a just transition that prioritizes good, union jobs and the needs of oil and gas workers in our state.

 

Compounding the public health crisis that the fossil fuel industry creates, oil and gas companies have left thousands of workers high and dry as California’s oil market declines. Ignoring these growing problems will hurt workers, the economy, our most vital industries, and frontline communities. It’s time for a just transition that puts workers and our communities first.
 

79% of Californians support a 2500’ buffer zone against oil operations and 74% of Californians say that elected officials should take action to protect their constituents from the health impacts associated with oil production. Californians of all walks of life are ready for our legislators to take action in the name of public health and a just transition. 

 

We’re calling on you to protect our communities and end the legacy of environmental racism in California. Vote YES on SB467.

 

It’s going to take every one of us to pass SB 467 and protect frontline communities. But the good news is that tens of thousands of Californians support this bill. We need to talk to our friends, our family, our neighbors, and more to make sure our state legislature passes this bill to protect the health of frontline communities, workers, and stem climate change. Please share these calls to action with a friend!

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