Tell CalGEM to Protect Public Health around Oil Drilling

The California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) is giving community members a wide array of tools and methods to make their thoughts known on rules for oil drilling in the state. As expected, Big Oil’s lobbyists are providing plenty of input. If you care about the impacts of fossil fuels on the climate and public health, here’s your chance to speak out against new fossil fuel projects and call for 2500 foot setbacks to protect homes and schools.

This rulemaking process is our chance to urge the State of California to establish a 2,500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone between fossil-fuel infrastructure and homes, schools, and other sensitive sites.

Will you take action with us? Complete these 4 steps to make our demands heard.

Step 1: Send a letter to CalGEM

Step 2: Speak out at a virtual town hall. On May 20 and June 2, CalGEM will be hosting virtual town halls to hear directly from Californians on Zoom! There will also be a virtual town hall held in Spanish on May 28th. Each person attending will get 2 minutes to speak if they choose to.

Step 3: Share your thoughts in an online “instant poll”. On the day of the poll, visit http://sift.ly and use the password calgem to contribute a comment in solidarity with frontline communities urging #CalGEM to adopt a 2500ft health & safety buffer, keeping Big Oil out of neighborhoods. The poll is only open at the specified dates and times.

  • May 21, 7:00am – 9:00pm
  • May 30, 7:00am – 9:00pm
  • June 2, 7:00am – 9:00 pm
  • June 9, 7:00am – 9:00pm

Step 4: Share on Social Media

Twittter Hashtags:

  • #NoDrillingWhereWereLiving
  • #CalGEM
  • #JustTransition
  • #LastChanceAlliance

Targets:

  • Handles: @CAGovernor @GavinNewsom

Over 5 million Californians live less than a mile from an active oil well—with low-income communities and communities of color facing disproportionate health and safety impacts. In the midst of the COVID-19 respiratory pandemic, these communities are more likely to experience severe outcomes.

While we’re battling the pandemic, CalGEM recklessly granted 24 new fracking permits to expand operations, after a 6-month moratorium on issuing new oil drilling permits. And Governor Gavin Newsom has been sending mixed messages: new oil drilling permits were up 7.8% during the first quarter of this year, showing the power of the oil lobby. Enough is enough. We must urge our elected leaders to put health and safety first.