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Oil Change International launches the Big Oil Brown fracking campaign

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San Francisco, CA Oil Change International launched its “Big Oil Brown” fracking campaign today in a release from Campaigns Director David Turnbull to increase pressure on Governor Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on the controversial extraction practices of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and acidization in the state.

The campaign is anchored by the website www.bigoilbrown.org, which launched today.

Turnbull stated that “Allowing fracking to continue and expand in California will let big corporations dig up even more oil that we can’t afford to burn. It’s time Governor Brown stood up for Californians, and stopped giving favors to Big Oil.”

California should be leading a clean energy revolution, not a dirty oil gravy train

The campaign highlights the fact that oil found in California’s Monterey Shale formation, which would continue to be fracked under the regulations now under consideration, should be considered “unburnable” in recognition of climate science endorsed by the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Turnbull remarked "Allowing fracking to continue and expand would move in exactly the wrong direction," he furthered. "California should be leading a clean energy revolution, not a dirty oil gravy train.”

Also highlighted by the campaign are the many ways the oil industry in California exerts influence in state politics. From direct campaign contributions to representatives in Sacramento, to support of various ballot initiatives, to the revolving door between Sacramento and oil industry headquarters, the industries influence is felt throughout the state decision-making processes.

Governor Brown has been a climate champion in years past

Turnbull said, “Governor Brown has been a climate champion in years past. But the verdict is out when it comes to his legacy because of fracking. Will Brown resemble the progressive governor he once was, or will he increase fracking and become Big Oil Brown instead?”

The campaign’s first effort is aimed at generating input from Californians during the ongoing public comment period being coordinated by the Brown administration’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.

The release comes upon the heels of recent reports by the Associated Press that has now documented hundreds of hydraulic fracturing jobs in the Santa Barbara Channel, the site of a disastrous 1969 oil spill that spurred the modern environmental movement, and other near shore waters.

The coastal commission has launched an investigation into the extent of fracking in federal and state waters.

In response, more than 150 organizations signed onto a letter to the California Coastal Commission to "bold leadership is needed to immediately protect California’s beaches, waters and wildlife from offshore fracking."

Countries and communities ban or pass moratoriums on fracking world-wide

Various communities around the world have either been passing ordinances that prevent the practice or bans that are being challenged by the oil and gas companies such as Colorado Oil and Gas Associations (COGA) recent suit against three Colorado towns whose voters wished to implement such a ban.

Successful bans on fracking to various degrees now exist in entire countries including:

  • France
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Germany
  • Argentina
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • The United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands
  • Australia

Provinces of Canada that have adopted bans or moratoriums are: British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.

Of the United States: Vermont, New York, Hawaii, and various cities such as Dallas, TX and an updated list is kept by the Keep Tap Water Safe organization here

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