Background: Right now, millions of Californians live within one mile of an active, polluting oil or gas well.
A disproportionate number of those people are in low-income communities and communities of color, and face a variety of increased health risks, like asthma, premature birth, fetal death, cancer, and other health problems. Nearby drilling also threatens these overburdened communities with the risk of devastating oil spills. And dirty fossil fuels are driving worsening climate change.
Thankfully, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a proposed rule which would require a 3,200-foot setback buffer between new oil wells and places where people live, work, and go to school in California. And the rule would also help limit the impact of existing drilling on communities.
CA leaders want to hear from Californians across the state — especially those in communities impacted by neighborhood drilling — by December 21.
We need your help to get the word out! Will you share your story below? Let us know via video, image, or text why you support an END to dangerous neighborhood oil drilling.