I’m writing about a deceptive campaign started by the oil industry. Members of our community may soon be asked to sign a petition that claims to “lower gas prices” or “stop the energy shutdown.”
Don’t be fooled, and don’t sign. This is the oil industry’s ploy to undo a newly passed public health law, SB 1137, that requires a half mile buffer zone between dangerous oil and gas drilling operations and our homes, schools and day cares. The law protects vulnerable Californians from toxic pollution that can cause asthma, lung disease and high-risk pregnancies.
Just days after SB 1137 was signed into law, oil industry insiders filed a referendum to undo this long-overdue public health measure. Their army of paid signature gatherers is out there for one purpose, to protect the industry’s bottom line at the expense of our health. If you are approached by this campaign, do not sign.
— Brian Unitt, Santa Cruz
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