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YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY on RESOLUTION TO BAN FRACKING - EMAIL TRUSTEES OF LA COMMUNITY COLLEGES WHO ARE VOTING TOMORROW ~

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  • Frank Dorrel
    From: Lauren Steiner: laurensteiner57@gmail.com YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY on RESOLUTION TO BAN FRACKING EMAIL TRUSTEES OF LA COMMUNITY COLLEGES WHO ARE
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2013
      From: Lauren Steiner: laurensteiner57@...



      YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY on RESOLUTION TO BAN FRACKING

      EMAIL TRUSTEES OF LA COMMUNITY COLLEGES WHO ARE VOTING TOMORROW - ON
      RESOLUTION TO BAN FRACKING



      SAMPLE LETTER BELOW.
      The trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District are going to vote
      tomorrow on a resolution to urge elected officials to place a moratorium on
      fracking.
      This college district is large & any resolution they pass will carry a lot
      of weight. I'm told the trustees take a point of view very seriously when
      they receive lots of emails.
      Please send the trustees an email urging them to pass this resolution. You
      can copy and paste my email (below) or use some portion of it, or write your
      own.
      Please place these words in your email's subject line: Moratorium on
      Fracking--Resolution BT2. The email address is: trustees@...
      Please forward this email to your friends and ask them to do what you're
      doing.
      Thanks so much! - Lauren Steiner

      SAMPLE LETTER

      To the Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District:

      Please vote in favor of Resolution BT2, urging elected officials to place a
      moratorium on fracking, which will come before you Wednesday, March 20.

      The health and safety of West Los Angeles College students and employees, as
      well as residents of Culver City and the Baldwin Hills section of Los
      Angeles, are in jeopardy. Not only these people, but even the college
      buildings and the ground under them are in danger.

      As you probably know, "fracking" is the common term for horizontal hydraulic
      fracturing. This is a particularly controversial method of oil extraction in
      which a mixture of water, sand and chemicals-many toxic-- is injected under
      enormous pressure into the earth. This process causes shale rock formations
      to fracture, releasing oil and gas.

      The giant oil company PXP announced its intention to construct hundreds of
      oil wells in the Inglewood Oil Field, immediately adjacent to the college,
      which sits on land belonging to Culver City and unincorporated Los Angeles
      County. This is the largest urban oil field in the United States, surrounded
      by approximately 300,000 people-- those most likely to be harmed.

      Fracking--environmentalists, geologists and medical professionals tell
      us--is dangerous, potentially causing earthquakes; polluting aquifers,
      ground water, the earth and the air with toxins, including carcinogens, and
      releasing great amounts of methane into the air-thereby increasing global
      warming. The process also uses great amounts of precious water.

      The campus of West LA College itself is in danger for at least two reasons:
      1) The oil field and college sit atop earthquake faults, putting the college
      and surrounding areas in jeopardy. Not only the process of fracking itself,
      but also the process of injecting the polluted water back into injection
      wells once it's been used, greatly heighten the likelihood of a major
      earthquake. 2) The land on which the college sits is essentially hard rock,
      but repeated fracking would crack that rock numerous times, making the land
      unstable.

      Pro-fracking individuals may tout the benefits of fracking, but we need to
      urge the governor and president to invest heavily in sources of renewable
      (and safe) forms of energy, so that we become less and less dependent on gas
      and oil, whether foreign or domestic.

      Thank you for taking this into consideration.





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