Thanks to all of you who turned out last night in Carson for the City Council vote on Fracking. The people of Carson stand tall when it comes to fighting for their community and moving their City Council to do the right thing. They are amazing people we can all learn from.
According to the excellent story in the Los Angeles Times,
In a 5-0 vote, council members imposed an immediate ban on new drilling for 45 days while the city studies the safety of various well stimulation methods and its authority to regulate them.
“There are too many questions, too many unknowns,” said Councilman Al Robles, who proposed the moratorium and last month called on the city to reject Occidental’s proposal.
“I refuse to gamble with the health and wellbeing of the residents.”
Let’s hope our friends on the Hermosa Beach City Council who pride themselves with being out front of all other South Bay cities when it comes to the environment offer the same strong environmental protection for their city now under the threat of 30 oil well being drilled in their city yard to reach out like a giant oil and gas sucking octopus under Santa Monica Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods.
I’d like to see the scene reported on in the LAT that happened in Carson, happen in the City Council chambers of Hermosa Beach:
David Noflin, a longtime resident who owns a local printing shop, said that Occidental and the companies that leased them the land see Carson only as an investment. “But to those of us who live in Carson, this is our home .… This is what we’re going to leave to our children and grandchildren.”
As the vote neared, the audience urged the council to cast a unanimous vote, chanting “5-0! 5-0! 5-0!” and erupting in cheers after the votes were cast.