MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:  Tuesday, 25 August 2015
CONTACT:  Brett Abrams | 516-841-1105 |

TODAY 11:30AM:  As Joint Oversight Hearing Debates New CCST Report on Danger of Fracking, CA Politicians Join Local Activists Demanding Statewide Ban on Fracking

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- On Tuesday, August 25th, as the California legislature holds a joint oversight hearing on a new report by the California Council on Science and Technology on the risks and dangers posed by fracking, State Sen. Ben Allen and State Asm. Das Williams will join with anti-fracking activists in a press conference at the State Capitol calling for a statewide ban on fracking.

At the press conference, members of the California-based Courage Campaign joined by members of California Against Fracking, Rootskeeper and local Sacramento activists will deliver a petition signed by nearly 160,000 Californians backing a permanent ban on oil and natural gas fracking in the State.  

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 25th. 11:30am PT. 
WHERE:  State Capitol Building. Room 2040.  10th and L Streets, Sacramento CA.
SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Hollin Kretzmann, Center for Biological Diversity, Staff Attorney;Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action, Oil and Gas Program Manager; Senator Ben Allen; Assemblymember Das Williams

Earlier this Summer, a newly released independent scientific study by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) identified serious risks associated with oil development processes and concluded that state regulatory officials lack data to adequately protect the public or even to propose effective mitigation strategies to avoid associated health risks.


“Right now we’re in the midst of critical moment when California could decide to turn away from extreme extraction and toward clean energy. Every time we’ve confronted Governor Jerry Brown and asked him to halt fracking over the past few years, he’s insisted that we wait until the release of an independent scientific report,”  explained Tim Molina, of the California-based Courage Campaign.  “When the report came out, it rang emphatic alarm bells about the dangers extreme energy poses to our air, water, ecological and geological security, and public health. It’s now clear that lives are at risk.  With Jerry Brown refusing to act, we need the our State Senate and Assembly to step in and protect California and the planet.”


For more information, or for interviews with Courage Campaign, please contact Brett Abrams at 516-841-1105 or by email at

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