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
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
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
Thanks so much! - Lauren Steiner
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
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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