Advocating for Social and Environmental Justice in Stanislaus County and the Central Valley
January 9, 2014
Dozens of community residents joined the fight against fracking last night in Bakersfield. This mobilization occurred as a response to a hearing scheduled by the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to receive public comments on the proposed well stimulation treatment regulations as mandated by Senate Bill 4. Groups like the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment (CRPE), Association of Irritated Residents (AIR), Fresnans Against Fracking, and CCEJN were present to demand a ban on fracking.
The hearing was attended by 80+ residents from all over the San Joaquin Valley. Many industry supporters congratulated DOGGR for embarking in the process of these regulations. However, far more residents spoke about the need for further scientific data, the need to invest in renewable sources of energy, and pressed the demand to ban fracking. As Gustavo Aguirre, Organizer with CRPE, put it “it is intriguing…
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