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New California anti-fracking campaign asks: Will Jerry become Big Oil Brown?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2013
Contact: David Turnbull, 202-316-3499, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org

New California anti-fracking campaign asks:
Will Jerry become Big Oil Brown?

SAN FRANCISCO, California — On the heels of the first of a series of public hearings on proposed regulations regarding well stimulation in California, Oil Change International today launched the “Big Oil Brown” campaign, increasing pressure on Governor Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on the controversial extraction practices of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and acidization in the state.

The campaign is anchored by the website www.bigoilbrown.org, which launched today.

“Allowing fracking to continue and expand in California will let big corporations dig up even more oil that we can’t afford to burn. Our climate can’t withstand a fracking boom in our state,” said David Turnbull, Campaigns Director of Oil Change International. “It’s time Governor Brown stood up for Californians, and stopped giving favors to Big Oil.”

The campaign highlights the fact that oil found in California’s Monterey Shale formation, which would continue to be fracked under the regulations now under consideration, should be considered “unburnable” in recognition of climate science endorsed by the International Energy Agency and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“Climate change is here in California now, and it’s time to act,” Turnbull said. “Allowing fracking to continue and expand would move in exactly the wrong direction. California should be leading a clean energy revolution, not a dirty oil gravy train.”

Also highlighted by the campaign are the many ways the oil industry in California exerts influence in state politics. From direct campaign contributions to representatives in Sacramento, to support of various ballot initiatives, to the revolving door between Sacramento and oil industry headquarters, the industries influence is felt throughout the state decision-making processes.

“Governor Brown has been a climate champion in years past. But the verdict is out when it comes to his legacy because of fracking. Will Brown resemble the progressive governor he once was, or will he increase fracking and become Big Oil Brown instead?” Turnbull said.

The campaign’s first effort is aimed at generating input from Californians during the ongoing public comment period being coordinated by the Brown administration’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.

More details on the campaign can be found at: http://www.bigoilbrown.org

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