While the battle in the Capital was fierce, when SB 4( Pavley) was signed by the Governor on Friday, September 20th it required that all of the chemicals used in well stimulation be disclosed and there is NO doctor gag rule. In the final days of session this bill became problematic when California Environmental Quality Act exemptions where added to the bill.
By simply permitting and disclosing oil extraction and chemical use in our communities, California will be facilitating and expanding our fossil fuel status quo. Responsible policy would be to stop this harmful and reckless activity by banning fracking and other non-conventional oil extraction because—from a health perspective–the facts demand it.
The first of 10 fracking bills pending in the California Legislature this session is SB 4 by by Senator Fran Pavley, which will have a committee hearing on April 9th. PSR-LA opposes SB 4 unless amended remove language that “makes it the policy of the State of California to elevate the financial gain of select oil and gas industry players over the health and environment of the people of California.”
California is fast becoming the new frontier for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a process that will introduce hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemicals—many of which are toxic—into the environment. Oil and gas companies are bringing not only their drill rigs, they are also bringing their lawyers, lobbyists, and public relations firms to convince California’s regulators and legislators to shield their operations — and harm that fracking may cause– from public view.
Today, PSR-LA is launching our “Don’t Gag Docs” campaign! The purpose of the effort is to raise awareness about the big push by the oil and gas industry to have the content of the chemical fracking cocktail used in fracking treated as a “trade secret.”
March 29- Webinar – Fracking in California: Oil company efforts to gag doctors and public health researchers about its impacts
Join us for a March 29th webinar as we provide an overview of oil and gas extraction in California, discuss fracking and its impacts on public health and the environment, and lay out the various regulatory and legislative efforts underway to address the quickly expanding use of fracking in California.