Postponed-Montebello CalGEM Workshop: Protect Public Health From Big Oil
Please RSVP to attend the pre-rulemaking workshop in Montebello on April 1 from 6:30-8:30 PM. We need you to urge decision-makers to roll out setback limits to protect California residents impacted by oil drilling.
In December, Governor Gavin Newsom instructed the state entity that regulates oil and gas, California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), to establish rules to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of oil and gas extraction.
CalGEM will host a series of pre-rulemaking workshops to invite public comment on the best ways to protect human health through new rules. Concerns shared at these meetings will inform the formal rulemaking, and this is an important time for the public to speak out.
Dirty oil and gas drilling poses serious health risks. Studies link proximity to oil and gas wells to a host of health impacts, including cancer, premature mortality, asthma, and other respiratory ailments. These impacts are not distributed equally, with communities of color and low-income communities being most affected. Over 5.4 million Californians live within a mile of at least one dirty oil and gas well. We must encourage CalGEM to establish the most protective rules, including a rule that creates a 2,500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone between fossil-fuel infrastructure and homes, schools, and other sensitive sites.
Big Oil has been aggressively fighting against changes to oil drilling practices. If we don’t speak up, they will make sure they are out in force to fight new rules.
RSVP TODAY. Urge CalGEM to develop the best rules to protect public health from the impacts of oil drilling, including a setback.
We need to have folks at this meeting to make sure our voice is louder than the oil industry’s. Each person attending will get 2 minutes to speak, if they choose to.
Hosted by Sierra Club California, Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, SoCal 350 Climate Action, Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling, and Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Environmental Justice Committee.
This event has been postponed.