SUPPORT AB 345: CALIFORNIA'S 2500' HEALTH & SAFETY BUFFER ZONE

CA State Assembly Appropriations Committee

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Voices in Solidarity against Oil in Neighborhoods is asking California residents to demand that State Legislators protect the health and safety of communities by supporting AB 345, which would require a 2,500-foot health and safety zone between oil and gas drilling and our homes, schools and hospitals.

This bill would establish a protective distance between oil drilling sites and homes, schools, childcare centers, healthcare facilities, and other sensitive locations. Oil and gas extraction poses extensive environmental, health, and safety risks to nearby communities, which are disproportionately low-income communities and communities of color. The bill faces its biggest hurdle in the coming weeks as closed-door negotiations and opposition from the powerful oil and gas lobby threaten to prevent the legislation from even being considered by Assembly legislators. Your signature is critical in making sure that legislators get the opportunity to vote for this important bill. Please join us in demanding a vote for AB 345 to ensure that oil drilling is not occurring in our neighborhoods.  

This bill is important because

  • Oil and gas extraction harms health and the environment: Oil and gas extraction produces air toxics, including volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) like benzene and formaldehyde, fine and ultra-fine particulate matter (“PM”), and hydrogen sulfide. Drilling and related wastewater disposal threaten groundwater and pollute drinking water. Other harms include water contamination, noise pollution, spills of toxic chemicals, pipeline leaks and explosions.
  • Proximity matters: Studies link proximity to oil and gas wells to a host of health impacts, including increased risk of asthma and other respiratory illnesses, pre-term births and high-risk pregnancies, and cancer.
  • Oil and gas extraction disproportionately harms low-income communities of color: Five and a half million Californians—mostly people of color—live within one mile of an oil or gas well. Kern and Los Angeles Counties account for more than 80 percent of the overall oil production in California, and thus bear the brunt of its health and safety hazards. One-third of residents within one mile of an oil or gas well live in areas of the State most burdened by environmental pollution and 92 percent of Californians living in these heavily burdened neighborhoods are people of color.

There is power in numbers! Please sign this petition and pass it along to your family, friends, and networks, legislators need to hear your voices.

VISION CA


Petition by
Solidarity California
Los Angeles, California

To: CA State Assembly Appropriations Committee
From: [Your Name]

Assembly Bill 345 is a common sense bill meant to protect the health and safety of communities living near an oil or gas wells. Neighborhood drilling is incompatible with safe and healthy communities. We urge Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Chair of the Appropriations Committee to vote YES on Assembly Bill 345 to protect the health & safety of front-line communities. We urge ALL committee members to support AB 345's passage through CA's State Assembly Appropriations Committee. Vote YES on AB 345.