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Tell California Officials:
No Drilling Where We’re Living

Right now, almost 5 MILLION Californians are sheltering in place next to the toxic byproducts of oil and gas drilling in their neighborhoods.

Governor Gavin Newsom has instructed the state entity that’s supposed to regulate oil and gas, California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), to establish rules to protect public health from impacts of oil and gas extraction, and it’s time to give our input!

 

Join us with your public comment to let them know that anything less than a 2,500ft minimum setback between oil and gas sites and homes, schools, and healthcare facilities is unacceptable! 

 

For more information on the dangerous health impacts of oil drilling in neighborhoods, click here.

To: CalGEM

We encourage CalGEM to establish the most protective rules, including setting a minimum safe distance of 2,500ft between drilling operations and sensitive receptors including homes, schools, and healthcare facilities to avoid serious public health and safety risks. 

 

People who live near oil and gas drilling sites are suffering from fossil fuel pollution-induced diseases. More and more studies link proximity to oil and gas wells to a host of harmful health impacts, including cancer, high risk pregnancies, asthma and other respiratory ailments. Now, research shows that those who live in heavily polluted areas have a higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19.

 

In California, low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by these serious, costly health impacts. A minimum setback of 2,500ft between oil and gas extraction and our homes, schools, healthcare facilities will immediately protect communities. It’s time to stand up for public health and environmental justice in the year of a pandemic. In an unprecedented time, we need leadership that will match the urgency of this moment. Nobody should die because of their zip code.

Thanks for Signing!

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Photos: Tara Pixley for Earthjustice