Bakersfield Residents to Call on Gov. Brown to Stop Fracking and Oil Drilling
Bakersfield, Calif. -- Following the release of a statewide study on fracking and oil well stimulation in California, Bakersfield residents and Clean Water Action will host a Toxic-Tea & ‘Champodrido’ Fest and Pathway Walk. Learn about the health and environmental impacts of drilling activities in Kern County. Join us at Panorama Park as we walk towards a pathway to 100% clean energy.
The event in Bakersfield is one of more than a dozen Clean Not Extreme events happening around California this weekend as part of a statewide day of action signifying the mounting opposition to fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods.
Earlier this month, an independent scientific study by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) outlined serious risks associated with oil development processes and concluded that state regulatory officials lack data to adequately protect the public or even to propose effective mitigation strategies to avoid associated health risks.
On July 8, 2015 the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department unveiled their Draft Environmental Impact Report and permitting plan for drilling new oil wells. The 45-day public review and comment period will conclude on August 24, 2015. The next public workshop will be held on August 10, 6:00 PM at the Shafter Veterans Building.
The CCST study concludes that operations close to neighborhoods present substantial public health concerns including risks to children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions.
WHO: Concerned residents, families, hikers, bikers & walkers
WHAT: Toxic-Tea & ‘Champodrido’ Fest and Pathway Walk
WHERE: Panorama Park – on the bluffs overlooking Kern River Oil Field
WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00 AM to Noon
Last week, Gov. Brown met with Pope Francis and mayors from around the world in the Vatican on the need to combat climate change. While the governor has taken steps to demonstrate
California’s leadership, his continued support for fracking and expanded oil drilling is prompting growing scrutiny and outrage. California remains the third largest producer of oil in the United States.
In the absence of statewide action to protect public health and the climate, communities across the state facing the threat of expanding oil development are taking steps to protect themselves. Last year, Santa Cruz and Mendocino counties joined the city of Beverly Hills in passing measures to ban fracking and similar oil extraction techniques. San Benito County voters also approved a fracking ban with a 59 percent majority, despite a $2 million opposition campaign by the oil industry. In March, voters in Hermosa Beach stopped one company’s attempt to expand oil drilling in their community.