No Drilling Where We're Living

Batoul Al-Sadi

Date: 08/24/2022

Hey everyone – Batoul here with a quick, easy and impactful opportunity for action!

As we approach the end of California’s legislative session, Senators Lena Gonzalez and Monique Limón (author of our own SB 1230) have unveiled a new bill, SB 1137, to end neighborhood oil drilling. The proposal, for which Governor Newsom has already signaled support, would put a buffer zone of about a half mile between oil and gas drilling and California homes, schools and hospitals. Approximately three million Californians — mostly from non-white and low-income communities — live within 3,200 ft of an oil or gas well. This issue has a long history: our friends over at NRDC provide a great summary.

Now, our mission, in partnership with a coalition led by VISIÓN (Voices in Solidarity Against Oil in Neighborhoods), is to make sure the legislature approves SB 1137. Here’s how you can help:

Call 916-510-0486 to be connected with the office of a key legislator. Once you are connected, say: vote YES on SB 1137 to protect our communities from the impacts of neighborhood oil drilling and end the legacy of environmental racism in California. Expanded talking points, in both English and Spanish, are here (Thanks to VISIÓN!)

It’s that simple! If you want to call each of the key legislators or identify the legislator closest to you, their information is below:

Toni Atkins, Senate Pro Tem (San Diego)

  • Sacramento: (916) 651-4039

  • Local: (619) 645-3133

Assm. Alvarez (San Diego)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2080

  • Local:(619) 338-8090

Assm. Arambula (Fresno)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2031

  • Local:(559) 445-5532

Assm. Calderon (CIty of Industry)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2057

  • Local:(562) 692-5858

Assm. Carrillo (LA)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2051

  • Local:(213) 483-5151

Assm. Cervantes (Corona)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2060

  • Local:(951) 371-6860

Assm. Fong (San Gabriel Valley)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2049

  • Local:(323) 264-4949

Assm. Gray (Merced, Modesto)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2021

  • Local, Merced:(209) 726-5465

  • Local, Modesto: (209) 521-2111

Assm. Greyson (Concord, Vallejo)

  • Sacramento: 916) 319-2014

  • Local, Concord: (925) 521-1511

  • Local, Vallejo:(707) 642-0314

Assm. Low (Cupertino)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2028

  • Local:(408) 446-2810

Assm. McKinnor (Inglewood)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2062

  • Local:(310) 412-6400

Assm. Rodriguez (Chino)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2052

  • Local:(909) 902-9606

Assm. Villapudua (Fairfield)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2013

  • Local:(209) 948-7479

Assm. Wilson (Stockton)

  • Sacramento: (916) 319-2011

  • Local: (707) 399-3011

Take action today so we can make neighborhood oil drilling a thing of the past. If you’re up for another quick climate action before the end of this year’s legislative session, take a minute to send a message to your legislators in support of SB 1137!

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Yes on SB 1137: End Neighborhood Drilling!

Nearly three million Californians — mostly from non-white and low-income communities — live within 3,200 feet of an oil or gas well. The health impacts those families experience represent our state’s legacy of environmental racism. Take action to end this injustice and protect our communities by calling on your California state senators to vote YES on SB 1137 and institute a 3,200 foot buffer zone (or, setback) between oil and gas drilling operations and California communities.