Opposing Hydraulic Fracturing in the Los Padres National Forest

RESOLUTION 15-05.30

Opposing Hydraulic Fracturing in the Los Padres National Forest

WHEREAS, the Los Padres National Forest provides a habitat for over 1,200 plant species and approximately 468 species of fish and wildlife, including 90 species like the iconic California Condor that are at risk of extinction; encompasses 1,134 miles of rivers and streams, providing water for urban and agricultural use; contains an estimated 20,000 Native American cultural sites; and is a tremendous resource to Californians along the central and southern coasts, in the Bay Area, and in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area; and

WHEREAS, the Los Padres National Forest is the only national forest in California where hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” is permitted, and the California Department of Conservation has concluded in the environmental impact report mandated by Senate Bill 4 that continued fracking in the Los Padres National Forest poses “significant and unavoidable environmental impacts” related to air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, endangered species, worker safety, pipeline leaks, and transportation hazards, as well as potential impacts to groundwater, seismic activity, cultural resources, and environmental justice; and

WHEREAS, thousands of people from across Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Francisco, and Marin Counties have called for a moratorium on fracking in the Sespe Oil Field in the Los Padres National Forest; now THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports an immediate moratorium on fracking in all 2,970 square miles of the Los Padres National Forest, including the Sespe Oil Field, until the U.S Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management prepare an environmental impact statement of the practice and fracking is no longer exempted from key provisions of the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to President Obama, Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, the California Democratic Congressional Delegation and the Democratic Members of the California State Legislature and call on them to take all executive, administrative, regulatory and legislative actions to implement this resolution.


Sponsored by Leif Dautch & 38 members of the DSCC

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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