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    From Citizens Coalition For a Safe Community: 800ccsc@gmail.com FRACKING BAN Immediate Action Needed Contact Appropriations Committee Before May 15th
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      FRACKING BAN

      Immediate Action Needed

      Contact Appropriations Committee Before May 15th




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      URGENT ACTION NEEDED NOW



      Assemblymember Holly Mitchell's

      Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium Bill AB 1323

      Action Needed before May 15th



      Please take the time to call, fax and email the following Assembly
      Appropriations Committee members offices indicating your support for AB1323
      immediately before the hearing date of May 15th.




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      I support AB 1323 which places a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until a
      proper study with all agencies and industry and independent experts is
      conducted.



      This is the proper way to proceed given the associated risks with this
      highly industrial process.



      Hydraulic fracturing has the potential to threaten public health, increase
      seismicity, contaminate and deplete our aquifers, pollute our air and ground
      water and damage property. Hard evidence does exist that all of these
      negative impacts have happened in states where high volume HF has taken
      place.



      California is one of the most seismically active areas of the United States,
      a British Columbia governmental study in the Horn River Basin determined
      that earthquakes were the direct result of hydraulic fracturing operations
      not waste disposal as with those studies done in the USA.



      Oil production corporations have plans to expand old operations in densely
      populated urban areas in the Los Angeles Basin as well exploit new rural
      California wilderness using hydraulic fracturing to stimulate unconventional
      sources of oil and gas.



      These risk to the public and our commons are not acceptable, especially when
      industry SEC 10K statements include "horizontal and deep drilling activities
      involve greater risk of mechanical problems than vertical and shallow
      drilling operations" and "Operating hazards, natural disasters or other
      interruptions of our operations could result in potential liabilities, which
      may not be fully covered by our insurance."



      I remind you that an energy company's $9,000,000,000 swindle is responsible
      for California's continuing budget issues, let us also not forget the public
      costs/losses in the Gulf incurred by the BP Macondo well disaster.



      Please approve AB1323 Protect California and Californians allow it to be
      heard and voted on by the entire California Assembly.

      Thank you.



      Your action has the potential to make this beautifully crafted moratorium
      bill , AB 1323, a needed protective reality for all Californians.

      Take Action Now!



      AB1323

      Oil and gas: hydraulic fracturing.



      (1) Under existing law, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources
      in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation,
      maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. The State
      Oil and Gas Supervisor supervises the drilling, operation, maintenance, and
      abandonment of wells and the operation, maintenance, and removal or
      abandonment of tanks and facilities related to oil and gas production within
      an oil and gas field regarding safety and environmental damage. Existing law
      requires an operator of a well, before commencing the work of drilling the
      well, to obtain approval from the State Oil and Gas Supervisor or a district
      deputy. Violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor. This bill would
      define "hydraulic fracturing" in oil and gas operations and would prohibit
      hydraulic fracturing until the completion of a report, as specified, and a
      determination is made that hydraulic fracturing can be conducted without a
      risk to the public health and welfare, environment, or the economy of the
      state. The bill would also express the intent of the Legislature to, among
      other things, protect the public health and welfare, natural and
      environmental resources, and economic interest of the state. (2) Existing
      law establishes the Natural Resources Agency consisting of various entities,
      departments, and boards. Existing law also establishes the California
      Environmental Protection Agency consisting of various entities, departments,
      and boards. This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources
      Agency and the Secretary for Environmental Protection to (A) convene an
      advisory committee, by July 1, 2014, to develop a report relating to
      hydraulic fracturing, as specified; (B) to complete the report on or before
      January 1, 2016, and provide a copy to the Governor and the Legislature on
      or before that date; and (C) to make a determination, as specified, not
      later than January 1, 2019, as to whether and under what conditions
      hydraulic fracturing is permitted within the state. This bill would prohibit
      hydraulic fracturing, the violation of which would be a misdemeanor. By
      creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies
      and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory
      provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill
      would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified
      reason. Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
      State-mandated local program: yes. The people of the State of California do
      enact as follows:



      SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

      (a) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to protect the
      public health and welfare, natural and environmental resources, and the
      economic value of private and public property in the state.

      (b) The Legislature recognizes that hydraulic fracturing poses serious
      threats to California's air, water, climate, environment, wildlife, and
      public health. (c) The Legislature further recognizes that hydraulic
      fracturing is currently occurring in California with scarce monitoring or
      regulation, and almost completely undisclosed to the people of the state.

      (d) Although some potential impacts from hydraulic fracturing are currently
      under investigation by federal agencies, other states, and academic and
      research institutions, no independent and scientific investigations are
      being undertaken or have been completed in California to examine the risks
      to the state's unique geologic, geographic, atmospheric, and environmental
      conditions and resources.

      (e) There is scarce independent information, investigation, and analysis
      regarding the tools and mechanisms available to assess the risks and impacts
      of hydraulic fracturing and to protect the public health and welfare, and
      the environmental resources from these impacts.

      (f) The Legislature recognizes the immediate need to protect against, and
      prepare for, the emergencies and impacts related to hydraulic fracturing as
      well as the related activities that could range from small localized events
      to far-reaching disasters with complex consequences that could require the
      involvement and coordination among many agencies. Mechanisms to ensure
      funding, coordination, and equipment for response to these impacts are
      urgently needed to be identified and adopted.



      SEC. 2. Section 3017 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read: 3017.
      "Hydraulic fracturing" means the injection of fluids or gases into an
      underground geologic formation with the intention to cause or enhance
      fractures in the formation, in order to cause or enhance the production of
      oil or gas from a well. Alternate terms include, but are not limited to,
      "fracking," "hydrofracking,"and "hydrofracturing."



      SEC. 3. Section 3203.5 is added to the Public Resources Code,to read:
      3203.5. Hydraulic fracturing is prohibited until all of the following
      requirements are met: (a) (1) By July 1, 2014, the Secretary of the Natural
      Resources Agency and the Secretary for Environmental Protection shall
      convene an advisory committee to develop a report, based on the best
      scientific information available, relating to hydraulic fracturing. The
      advisory committee shall include two representatives from each of the
      following:

      (A)The California Environmental Protection Agency.

      (B) The Natural Resources Agency.

      (C) The State Department of Public Health.

      (D) Environmental justice organizations.

      (E) The agriculture industry.

      (F) The oil and gas industry.

      (G) Two academic researchers with experience in hydraulic fracturing issues.
      (H) Water agencies.

      (2) The advisory committee shall address specific issues related to
      hydraulic fracturing in the report, which shall include, but is not limited
      to, all of the following: (A) A description of hydraulic fracturing, and
      other enhanced oil and gas recovery techniques. (B) All potential health and
      environmental impacts related to hydraulic fracturing, including, but not
      limited to, all of the following:

      (i) The handling and disposition of produced water or wastewater.

      (ii) Contamination of groundwater or surface water.

      (iii) The supply and sources of water used in hydraulic fracturing and its
      impact on the state, regional, and local water supply.

      (iv) Air quality impacts, including, but not limited to, particulate and
      volatile organic compound and methane releases.

      (v) Impacts on climate change and emissions of greenhouse gases, including
      the goals set in the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
      (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety
      Code).

      (vi) The potential for migration of gases and fluids through geologic
      formations.

      (vii) The potential for generating seismic activity, both as a result of
      increased hydraulic fracturing and the disposal of produced wastewater into
      underground injection wells.

      (viii) The use, handling, and accidental spill of chemicals used in
      hydraulic fracturing. (ix) Impacts on endangered species and their habitat.

      (C) All potential economic impacts of increased hydraulic fracturing
      operations and other enhanced oil and gas recovery methods in the state.

      (D) All potential effects on communities most likely to be negatively
      affected by the impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

      (E) A review of the regulations affecting hydraulic fracturing and an
      analysis of whether these are adequate to address the issues identified in
      this report. (F) Recommendations for emergency planning and mechanisms
      necessary to ensure adequate and fully funded responses to emergencies
      related to hydraulic fracturing operations.

      (G) Recommendations for regulatory and statutory changes needed to address
      the issues covered in the report.

      (b) Prior to finalizing the report, the Secretary of the Natural Resources
      Agency and the Secretary for Environmental Protection shall seek independent
      peer review by persons of the scientific and academic community commonly
      acknowledged to be experts on the subjects under consideration and
      possessing the knowledge and expertise to critique the scientific validity
      of the report.

      (c) A draft of the final report shall be made available for public comment
      for a period of no less than 120 days.

      (d) The final report shall be completed on or before January 1, 2016, and a
      copy shall be provided to the Governor and the Legislature by the Secretary
      of the Natural Resources Agency and the Secretary for Environmental
      Protection on or before that date.

      (e) Upon completion of the report, the Secretary of the Natural Resources
      Agency and the Secretary for Environmental Protection shall make a
      determination not later than January 1, 2019, as to whether, and under what
      conditions, hydraulic fracturing is permitted within the state. The
      determination shall be made only after measures are in place to ensure that
      any activities related to hydraulic fracturing do not pose a risk to the
      public health and welfare, environment, or economy of the state.

      SEC. 4. No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of
      Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that
      may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred
      because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or
      infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the
      meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition
      of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the
      California Constitution.






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