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California is the largest producer of food in the U.S. Fracking and farming cannot co-exist. If we frack California's farms, we put the entire country's food supply at risk. Please stop auctioning off California's public lands to the oil and gas industry

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:55 am
You may not live in California, but chances are a lot of the food you buy, including organic produce, is grown there. California is the largest producer of food in the U.S. In 2011, the state's 81,500 farms and ranches had sales of $43.5 billion. What happens to our food if we frack and poison the groundwater that irrigates California’s farms?

In a move that a federal judge says violated environmental law, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has already auctioned off 1,750 square miles of California’s public lands to oil companies intent on extracting oil, using a controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing – or fracking. In May, the BLM plans to auction off even more of California’s Monterey Shale, a geological formation that extends from northern California to Los Angeles, and is home to cattle ranches, dairy farms, vineyards and organic farms.

Fracking and farms cannot co-exist, as we’ve heard over and over from farmers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, West Virginia and Colorado. Farmers whose lives and farms have been ruined by fracking’s methane emissions and toxic chemicals. As one farmer explained, “We depend on good water for our cows, our crops and our own health. Once you mess up your groundwater, you can’t fix it.”

The oil and gas industry argues that it’s fine to pump huge amounts of cancer-causing chemicals deep into the earth, because we’ll never use that water. U.S. environmental regulators agree – which is why fracking is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued more than 1,500 permits for companies to pollute aquifers in some of the country’s driest regions. But as our population grows, and temperatures rise, we may find ourselves doing what Mexico City has already been forced to do: drawing water from mile-deep aquifers that until now would not have been tapped for drinking water.

We all depend on California for our food. California’s unique Mediterranean climate allows the state to grow over 450 different crops. Some of these crops are exclusive to California: almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwifruit, olives, persimmons, pomegranates, pistachios, prunes, raisins, clovers, and walnuts.

Fracking is bad for our water, bad for our air, bad for our health, bad for the climate. Without clean air and clean water, there are no farms. Without farms, there is no food.

Please sign this petition to the Bureau of Land Management asking officials there to stop auctioning off California’s public lands for fracking.


pam w. (138)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:05 am
I'm happy to be the first!

Ingrid A. (524)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:07 am

Ben Oscarsito (291)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:07 am

Lisa Neste (772)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:57 am
Signed, thanks!

Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:49 am
Signed, thanks.

June M. (134)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 12:21 pm

Christeen Anderson (648)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 1:35 pm

Nicole W. (654)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 1:38 pm
signed and shared, thank you Beverly

Candy L. (471)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:19 pm
Signed & Twitted, Thanks

Bartlomiej T. (296)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:28 pm

Elizabeth O. (96)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:41 pm

Stuart Thomas (503)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:42 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted.

Don't our governmental environmental regulators and our Bureau of Land Management have enough sense to know that on a long-range basis our food and water safety should have a much bigger priority for us than fracking?

Thank you , Beverly.

Rose Becke (138)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:07 pm
Signed Bev

Freya H. (347)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:30 pm
Noted and Signed!

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:51 pm
Done Bev

natasha on holidays (710)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 7:49 pm

. (7)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:41 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Beverly.

Nikki B. (129)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:32 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Beverly.

Fran F. (120)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:55 pm
SIGNED! Thank you, Beverly.

Arwen Woods (207)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:11 am
Noted, signed and shared.x

gerald o. (3)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:16 am

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:26 am

Melody Long (1)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:14 am
Signed, shared, and noted. Thanks.

Elaine Dixon (17)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:52 am

Gloria picchetti (310)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:10 am

Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:32 am
signed noted and shared--thank you

paul m. (93)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:44 am


Lisa W. (143)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:52 am
Done, TY!

Fi T. (20)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:23 am
Think about the consequence

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:46 am
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Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:59 am

Angelene B. (148)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:14 am

Frances Darcy (224)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:50 am
Can't sign not a US citizen. noted

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:54 am
Signed and noted thanks

jeanne schreurs (205)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:12 am

jeanne schreurs (205)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:13 am

Michael Kirkby (96)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:35 am
Noted & posted. Can't sign - not in US

. (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:39 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. Fracking should not be practiced.

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday May 20, 2013, 9:28 am
done TY

Jason Flint (5)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:41 pm
signed and noted

alicia m. (97)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 11:20 pm
noted, gracias

Yvonne F. (181)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 1:42 am
So signed!!!! Thanks Beverly
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