Target: California State Legislature
Goal: Prohibit fracking in the Salinas Valley
In California’s Salinas Valley, farmers and environmentalists have joined together to voice their opposition to potential fracking projects that could severely pollute the rich soil and irrigation waters. One of the largest agricultural regions in the state, and with extensive exports across the nation, the Salinas Valley is a vital hub of agricultural production. A strong, national and global, effort must be made to prevent oil exploration on this land.
Currently, California officials are hosting local forums in an effort to gauge public opinion on fracking operations from the communities who stand to be affected by them. This feedback will be considered in the upcoming legislative discussions over fracking procedures and regulation. Many farmers have expressed concern for their crops and their land. Environmentalists point to the long lasting harmful environmental effects of potential operational failures, including extreme groundwater pollution and vast wildlife casualties.
Strawberry growers in the region supply a massive 88 percent of the U.S. crop. An oil spill or chemical outbreak would have a devastating impact on the thousands of Salinas workers and families who depend on the strawberry harvest year after year, as well as the many buyers across the state and the country who depend on those shipments.
Of course, strawberries are just one of the many agricultural exports of the region. The environmental effects of an oil disaster in the Salinas Valley would inevitably trickle out through Monterey County, a county which produced $4 billion in revenue for the state of California in 2011.
The oil reaping potential in the Salinas Valley will never measure up to the well established, extremely lucrative and sustainable agricultural system already in place. Such a short-sighted vision could potentially destroy the economy of a region, along with its rich environment, all for the extraction of a finite resource. Sign this petition and stand by local farmers and environmentalists in demanding that fracking procedures are never allowed in the Salinas Valley.
Dear California State Legislature,
In public forums throughout the Salinas area, farmers and environmentalists continue to voice their grave concern for possible future fracking operations in the Salinas Valley. I am writing in support of these citizens and their right to have a relevant voice in the ultimate fate of this agricultural haven.
Located in Monterey County, the Salinas valley produces much of California’s agricultural goods. Strawberry growers provide California with most of its strawberries and represents 88 percent of the U.S. crop output. Monterey County alone generated $4 billion of agricultural revenue for the State of California in 2011. An environmental disaster in Salinas would be an economically destructive blow for a state already in economic peril.
In the upcoming drafting of regulatory measures for fracking operations in California, I urge you to heed the concerned voices of local Salinas farmers who provide so much for your state and your nation. I stand firmly with these citizens in demanding that extensive fracking operations do not become a part of the Salinas Valley economy.
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