Senate Bill 4, which proposes to regulate hydraulic fracking.Chanting phrases like "Ban fracking now," approximately 50 activists gathered outside Sen. Fran Pavley's Calabasas offices Monday afternoon to publicly request that the senator withdraw
of the rally, which consisted of Pavley constituents as well as
activists from various environmental groups like CREDO and MoveOn.org,
acquired nearly 19,000 signatures on a petition hoping that Pavley would
change her position and fight for a fracking ban instead.
also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a technique of extracting
natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. The process
involves drilling which allows for the injection of highly pressurized
fracking fluids into the rock. Once a well is dug, it is cased with
cement and the shale is
hydraulically fractured with water and other fluids.
bill doesn't regulate fracking," Lauren Steiner, campaign organizer,
said during her speech. "It sets up a regulatory framework. It orders a
study of fracking, has provisions for permitting, groundwater
monitoring, notifications and disclosure of chemicals."
to a fact sheet provided by Pavley's office, SB 4 "provides a
comprehensive statutory framework for fracking and acidization as part
of a general well stimulation regulation in California."
bill would require that the Natural Resources Agency commission a
scientific study on the safety of fracking to be finished by
Jan. 1, 2015. If the study is not completed by the deadline, the
issuance of fracking permits would be suspended until it is finished.
Steiner likened the contents of the bill to a notification of a murder plot.
don't need need any more studies to show us fracking is harmful," she
said. " ... telling someone when you are going to frack, where you are
going to frack and what chemicals you are going to use is like a
murderer telling you I am going to shoot you at your front porch
tomorrow at noon using an AK 47. At the end of the day, you're still
Bob Nast, of Hollywood Beach, said his reason for
attending the rally was based on personal experience with fracking.
Prior to moving back to to California, he said he and his wife lived an
"idyllic" life in a cabin on a natural lake in northeastern
"Everything was going fine until they started an
exploration of wells, less than a mile and a half from the lake. Even
though it came up dry, the standard of living there went south in a
hurry," Nast said.
He described personal health issues as well as the untimely death of two of his dogs.
Pavley issued the following statement:
is encouraging to see citizens engaged in state government,
particurlary on such an important issue. I share the goal of protecting
public health and safety and the environment, and as a legislator, I
believe my best chance of achieving this goal is through comprehensive
regulations. Oil companies are already fracking and acidizing wells in
California, and unless we put strict rules in place, they will continue
to do so without proper oversight and accountability."
several speeches, which took place on the corner of Parkway Calabasas
and Ventura Boulevard, the participants walked over to Pavley's office
building and went up to her offices where they formally presented Kara
Seward, Pavley's district director, with the signatures on a CD.
"This is not about Fran Pavley; she's great," Steiner told Patch. "This is about asking for what we want."