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Clean Water Action Perspective

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  1. Clean Water ActionPerspective Andrew Grinberg, Oil and Gas Coordinator Clean Water Action

  2. Clean Water Action • National organization, since 1972, active in 16 states • Over 1 million members • Helped write and pass the Clean Water Act • Organizational priorities: water quality, stopping health threatening pollution, clean energy and climate change

  3. Why do we care? • Not just fracking • More drilling, all forms of well stimulation, affiliated activities (wastewater, infrastucture, flaring etc.) • Climate change • Water quality and quantity • Air and health • Seismic impacts • Quality of life/Surface disturbances • False economic promises • Regulatory gaps

  4. Evidence of harm • Contamination from fracking: • Dimock, PA • Pavilion, WY • Thousands of oil/gas contamination cases • Wastewater • Illegal discharges • Pittsburg, PA • Injection well failures • 1 in 6 • Spills/dumping • Nationally: 16 oil spills a day • ND (over 1,100 oil spills in 2012) earthjustice.orgfraccidents map

  5. Our position in CA • Moratorium • Need for independent scientific study • Strongest possible protections • SB 4 is a good start • Apply to acidization • Need for REAL protections

  6. CWA Strategies • Policy • Regulatory • Legislation • Electoral • Grassroots power • Alliance • Canvassing • Education • Media

  7. The Solution “You could power America from a technical and economic standpoint. The biggest obstacles are social and political – what you need is the will to do it.” Mark Jacobson, Stanford