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.
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