Target: Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin
Goal: Commend Los Angeles for banning a heavily-polluting and controversial drilling technique
Communities around the country are rallying to protect themselves from the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking.’ The practice involves injecting millions of gallons of water, sand, and cancer-causing chemicals into the ground under intense pressure to break up the rock and release the oil or gas trapped within. Now Los Angeles, California–long known for its ties to oil production–has become the largest American city to ban fracking.
A bill approved 10-0 by the Los Angeles City Council calls for a moratorium on fracking until the practice is shown to pose no risk to drinking water or human health. Current drilling impacts people of color and people living in poverty more than other groups because of where oil wells are located. One Los Angeles inhabitant, Monic Uriarte, bussed to attend the historic vote, along with other residents of the Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. “We were getting sick from the emissions, with health symptoms including spontaneous nose bleeding, headaches, asthma, and much more,” said Uriarte in an interview with Common Dreams. “No one should live in the shadow of an oil well.”
Applaud the Los Angeles City Council for standing up for its constituents’ health and well-being. Support council members and residents alike for banning fracking in their city.
Dear Councilmembers Koretz and Bonin,
Los Angeles is known for many things: major movie studios, crowded beaches, and even a history of oil production. But it is also the largest city in the United States to call for a moratorium on fracking until the practice can be proven safe–and for this I am extremely grateful.
“Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend,” says advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Yet disturbingly, the heavily-polluting drilling technique is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act. Industry lobbyists have fought hard to stop communities around the country from banning the practice, but the citizens of Los Angeles and their City Council have spoken loud and clear.
California’s tragic, ongoing drought would only be worsened by water-hungry fracking operations. And the area’s propensity for earthquakes is yet another in a long list of reasons to ban hydraulic fracturing in Los Angeles. On behalf of all those who care about leaving a habitable world for future generations, thank you for voting to ban fracking in your city.
[Your Name Here]
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