What: Rally against offshore fracking along California's coast
When: Thursday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.
Where: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 760 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA
Perhaps emboldened by the election of Trump, an oil company just applied for a permit to frack off California's coast -- the first application since federal agencies lifted a moratorium earlier this year. If the feds grant the permit, oil companies will soon begin drilling in the wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel -- home to sea otters and endangered blue whales -- putting our coasts and beaches at risk. We need to send a clear message to the feds that Californians oppose this toxic technique, and that it has no place in our ocean.
Join us for a rally to tell the feds to deny this permit.
Right now oil companies have permission to dump up to 9 billion gallons of wastewater, including toxic fracking chemicals, into federal waters off the California coast every year. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity originally sought and won a moratorium earlier this year. But in May federal officials lifted the temporary ban; we're challenging the adequacy of their environmental review in court.
With Trump's presidency looming, and with it his promise to drill, now's the time to stand up and make ourselves heard. Offshore fracking is inherently dangerous. It makes people sick and poisons our ocean, and it has to stop.
Join Center staff and activists at this rally. We'll be there with signs and costumes, but you're welcome to bring your own.