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Hollywood takes on California's fracking Governor

Hollywood took on California’s Fracking Governor Brown today, featuring—Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others—in a series of new viral videos, that aim to educate Californian residents about the dangers fracking poses to the Golden State, and to put pressure on Governor Brown to ban fracking and move toward a renewable energy economy instead.

Amy Smart is but one of a number of celebrities asking Governor Brown to stop fracking California
Amy Smart is but one of a number of celebrities asking Governor Brown to stop fracking CaliforniaWarner Music Group

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is an unconventional method for drilling for oil and natural gas from shale for which Vice President Dick Cheney skirted the Clean Water Act in 2005 to begin allowing. Many documentaries have been made since then about the resulting stories of water contamination and air too, along with loss of home values.

Calling out leading Democratic governors

Produced by Appeal to Reason for Americans Against Fracking, the Environmental Media Association, Food & Water Watch and Environment California, these celebrity videos are part of a series calling out leading Democratic governors in Colorado, California and New York, as well as President Obama, by highlighting some of the facts that make fracking inherently unsafe.

These videos come on the heels of the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources’ (DOGGR) release of draft fracking regulations on Friday, November 15, 2013, which fail to protect Californians from the dangers of fracking.

Fracking is an environmental nightmare

Actress and environmentalist Amy Smart led with “Fracking is an environmental nightmare. The oil companies will stop at nothing to frack California. We are teaming up with grassroots activists around the country to draw attention to the dangers of fracking and urge our elected officials to just say no to fracking.”

Dan Jacobson, legislative director for Environment California furthered that, “Fracking uses millions of gallons of water—water we just can’t spare. It pollutes our air and keeps us addicted to fossil fuels at the exact time we need to be moving to renewable energy,” said “Teaming up with the arts and entertainment communities to educate people about fracking is a no-brainer. People power and celebrity power is a perfect combination.”

Non-disclosure statements conceal the contamination

The number of water contamination and shortage cases as a result of fracking are being concealed by forcing affected homeowners into what are called non-disclosure statements. These are legal instruments that refrain any victim from ever saying anything material about the case settled usually outside of the conventional legal system.

These are instruments that Monsanto has had American small farmers sign, and that small fishing boat owners in the Gulf of Mexico signed after the BP Gulf Disaster. The stories are slowly being released to social media and to the press however as the cases metastasize to cancer and sickness of loved ones including pets; yet no cases of farm animals reported widely known to date.

Additionally, last week, 20 leading climate experts called on Governor Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking in California because the amount of carbon burned off the wells will exacerbate the very carbon pollution the Global Warming Solutions Act was designed to reduce. Scientists signed included retired NASA climate scientist James Hansen of Columbia University, Michael Mann of Penn State University, Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute, Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University.

Farmers, Food & Beverage, and Homeowners against Fracking

Through the statewide coalition Californians Against Fracking, nearly 200,000 residents have urged Governor Brown to ban fracking in California and 90 farmers have called for an immediate moratorium. Through a partnership between Alice Waters (Chez Panisse Executive Chef, Founder and Owner) and Food & Water Watch, nearly 200 California food and beverage professionals have also called on Governor Brown to place an immediate moratorium on fracking.

Californians Against Fracking represents more than 100 environmental, business, health, agriculture, labor, political, and social justice organizations, farmers and businesses working to win a statewide ban on fracking in California. For more information and to sign the petitions to ban fracking in California, visit: Californians Against Fracking

DOGGR’s draft fracking regulations can be found here Public comments will be collected until January 15, 2014. California residents can submit a comment here