Californians' public health and safety will be threatened if more than a million acres of public lands are opened up to drilling and fracking.
The Trump administration released its draft plan to reopen more than a million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The plan would end a five-year-old moratorium on leasing federal public land in the state to oil companies. It targets some of California's most iconic landscapes, including areas close to Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks as well as state parks, nature reserves, and recreation areas.
New drilling and fracking would damage air quality even more in Central California, particularly in the San Joaquin Valley. The San Joaquin Valley has one of the most polluted air basins in the United States. The air fails to meet federal pollution standards for both particulate matter and ozone.
This move would threaten the health of communities already suffering from toxic air pollution, endanger our water, hurt wildlife that depend on these lands, and push us even further toward climate catastrophe.
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