San Diego Environmentalists Chartering Buses for Sacramento March 15th Anti-Fracking Protest

by on March 14, 2014 · 4 comments

in California, Energy, Environment, Organizing, San Diego

no frackingEnvironmental groups are mobilizing statewide for a big rally on March 15th in Sacramento to urge Governor Brown for a moratorium on fracking in California.

Organizers expect the March 15th event to be the largest mobilization against fracking ever seen.More than one hundred fifty environmental organizations will be represented at “Californians Against Fracking.”

The event will include a march around the Capitol area and a rally with speakers on the capitol steps. A new Public Policy Institute survey indicates that 51 percent of Californians oppose the increased use of fracking in the state, leading organizers to expect several thousand people to join the rally.

Locally, SanDiego350.org has chartered buses for the trip to Sacramento. They are asking for a donation of $20 roundtrip per seat for the event and are urging those interested to reserve seats.

Spokesperson Peg Mitchell said the SanDiego350 charter bus will depart from two locations in San Diego County. Departure time is 1 am Saturday, March 15, from the Old Town Transit Center, with parking available in a large lot under the I-5 off Pacific Highway. The second pickup location is going to be at the La Costa I-5 Exit Park N Ride at 1:45 am.

The rally in Sacramento is expected to last from 1 to 4 pm. The bus will return to San Diego shortly thereafter. Mitchell noted that people should bring their own food, drinks and “maybe a guitar or two.” She added that a donor is providing lunch to participants upon arrival in Sacramento.”The goal of this rally is to get folks out in large numbers from all across the state to show the state legislature and governor that this is indeed a big issue for Californians,” she said. “It will be a long day on the buses but it will be for a great cause. Our sacrifice of a long bus ride pales in comparison to the suffering of homeowners, business owners and farmers living near fracking sites who are impacted 24/7.”

Mitchell explained that as San Diegans living at the end of the water pipeline, it is even more critical that we participate in this rally to convince Governor Brown that water is a precious natural resource more necessary than fracked oil and gas. “This awful drought effects us all and we need to stop wasting that water on fracking,” she said.

Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Lenohave introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on fracking until there can be a thorough review of economic, environmental and public health impacts. Senate Bill 1132 seeks to safeguard California’s water supply from overuse and contamination by fracking as California state struggles with drought.

Critics of fracking say near well sites there is contaminated water linked to cancer and birth defects and air pollution causing respiratory problems near well sites. They say public health risks are compounded by fracking’s unregulated expansion throughout California’s lands and coastal waters which the state has failed to monitor. Scientists say fracking will exacerbate our worsening drought and will severely contaminate millions of gallons of water that is desperately needed by communities and California farming.

For transportation information for the March 15 rally, please contact peg@sandiego350.org

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avatar Molly March 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

Heck, I wanted to go. I’ll try to make it so thank you for this reminder.

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avatar Mike Gorman March 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

We were very saddened to see all you brainless San Diegans here in Northern California. Northern California does not like San Diego, because you people are evil and you suck, and as far as we are concerned, you are NOT Californians.
San Diego has enough problems within the City of San Diego with corrupt Mayors, corrupt city council people, and a disgraceful Ocean lifeguard service that discriminates against African Americans and women.
Perhaps it is time for Los Angeles and San Diego to become its own state. Northern California has NO use for Southern California.
Does Cal student John Gibson still drink his dinner from a straw? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahhhhahahahahaahahah

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avatar Marjorie March 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm

You people should not be allowed to use the peace sign.

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