The California Coastal Commission is meeting this week in Ventura. Below is a letter I hope reaches them in regards to offshore fracking. For more information on fracking, check out the documentary Gasland or this fact sheet. This destructive process has yet to be regulated. Join me in taking action to safeguard our precious marine ecosystems by writing to the Coastal Commission at 45 Fremont Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94105 or attending an offshore fracking protest outside one of their upcoming meetings.
I’m writing to urge you to protect California’s marvelous marine animals and beautiful beaches by halting offshore fracking along our state’s coast.
I was appalled to learn recently that oil companies have been fracking offshore wells just off California’s shoreline, near Seal Beach and in the Santa Barbara Channel. Fracking pollution could endanger the people who surf, swim and kayak in these waters, as well as sea otters, dolphins and endangered species like the leatherback sea turtle.
Fracking, of course, is an incredibly controversial process in which water mixed with toxic chemicals is blasted into the earth to crack rocks and release oil and gas. Fracking can pollute our air and water. Fracking pollution has been linked to fish kills and human health problems in other states, and this toxic technique absolutely does not belong in California’s ocean.
I know the Coastal Commission works hard to safeguard our marine environment. Please put the brakes on offshore fracking to protect our seaside communities and all the amazing animals that roam our coastal waters.
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