Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Issue stricter penalties upon company found guilty of illegally venting natural gas.
An oil company found guilty of concealing a gas leak has managed to escape serious punishment, receiving only a measly fine for their illegal and dangerous actions. The Termo Company has been fined $75,000 for their infraction, a mere slap on the wrist for such a wealthy company that, in the words of the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal, brazenly and intentionally violated state laws.
During a recent investigation into a gas leak at California’s Porter Ranch, another natural gas leak was discovered when surveyors found a small pipe hidden under a tree that was used to vent natural gas. The gas leak at Porter Ranch led to a serious public health crisis, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate the area.
Such a light punishment is an insult to these victims and sends the message that willful and deliberate lawbreaking will be able to escape unscathed. Urge California Governor Jerry Brown to administer a much harsher penalty for these violators.
Dear Governor Brown,
In the course of a recent investigation into a gas leak at California’s Porter Ranch, another natural gas leak was discovered when surveyors found a small pipe hidden under a tree that was used to vent natural gas. The company responsible for this violation, the Termo Company, has been issued a fine of $75,000.
This punishment is insufficient and ineffective. The oil industry is incredibly lucrative, and $75,000 represents a mere slap on wrist for such a wealthy company. In order to prevent another such crisis, companies must be made fully responsible for their criminal misconduct. I urge you to reevaluate this decision and issue a much more severe penalty.
[Your Name Here]
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