Tell Gov & CALGEM We Need a 2,500-foot Setback

Demand Governor Newsom and California Oil Regulators Protect Public Health and Safety With a 2,500-foot Setback

Did you know that California is the only major oil-producing state in the country that doesn’t protect its residents with a minimum “setback” or buffer zone between oil and gas drilling and places where people live, study, play and heal? Rather than protect Californians with science-based setbacks, our state allows toxic oil and gas drilling to take place right next door to homes, schools, playgrounds and hospitals, poisoning the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil our food grows in. 

This is a dereliction of the primary responsibility of government: to protect the public.

We mothers and others say enough is enough! We want Governor Newsom and CalGEM (the agency responsible for regulating California’s oil and gas industry) to step up NOW and implement a 2500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone between drilling operations and sensitive sites to protect our children and our communities.

TAKE ACTION to urge Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) to establish setback limits to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of oil and gas extraction.

Tell Governor Newsom and CalGEM that it’s time to protect the health and safety of our families—not oil industry interests!


Governor Newsom and California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM):

The need for setbacks is more urgent than ever in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent  Harvard research study found that “a person living for decades in a county with high levels of fine particulate matter is 15 percent more likely to die from the coronavirus than someone in a region with one unit less of the fine particulate pollution.” This means that, to protect Californian’s from COVID-19, we must reduce the pollution they’re exposed to.  

More than 5.5 million Californians less than a mile from an active well, with drilling disproportionately concentrated in low-income and communities of color. These communities suffer some of the worst air pollution in the nation. Now, more than ever, our families need YOU to publicly acknowledge the health consequences of fossil-fuel production in California’s frontline communities and step up to protect our most vulnerable residents.

Will you show us you care by implementing science-based setbacks now?

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