Despite the great turnout at the state information meeting last month, few residents are aware of the toxic threat hydraulic fracking poses to our community. And even those aware of the issue had their minds put at ease when the LA Times recently trumpeted "Culver City Council Bans Fracking!" Not so fast. The city council resolution bans fracking UNTIL comprehensive state regulations can be written (presently there are no regulations on fracking in CA). Opening the door to this dangerous and complex technology with a mountain of unenforceable regulations. Even state regulators have admitted that they do not have the budget to enforce regulations (IF one can regulate a 7.4 earthquake, that is. Yes, the oil field sits atop the 47-mile Newport-Inglewood fault, which the LA Times calls "one of the most dangerous in Southern California.")
Here is a video of investigative reporter Greg Palast discussing the dangers of fracking in densely populated Ireland:
His book, Vultures' Picnic details how the oil companies do business behind the scenes.
Here is an article about fracking in Culver City
Because 90% of our urban oil field is on unincorporated land, state action is required for a permanent ban. From this link, you can email our state legislators Holly Mitchell and Curran Price:
And Governor Brown: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
Culver City Council members need to hear from you too:
The state is broke. The city is broke. Everyone wants the oil company's money. Fracking WILL happen here unless we all make our voices heard, inform our neighbors, and keep the pressure on.