FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 19, 2014
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LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (LULAC) CALLS ON GOVERNOR BROWN TO BAN FRACKING
Leaders vote at LULAC state convention to support statewide and local fracking bans

Long Beach, Calif. — On Sunday night the California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) assembly voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling on Governor Brown and the state legislature to ban fracking. In addition, the resolution affirmed LULAC’s support for local ordinances and initiatives now underway in several cities and counties throughout California to ban fracking.

“Because the health and environment of California’s Latino communities, who already disproportionately suffer from pollution, is threatened by fracking, the California League of United Latin American Citizens calls on Governor Brown to ban fracking now,” said California State LULAC Director Dave Rodriguez.

Fracking, an extreme form of energy extraction using millions of gallons of water and known toxic chemicals, has been linked to increased air pollution and a possible association with human birth defects. Some communities, like Carson, have been plagued by problems related to fossil fuel industry abuse.

“Our communities have suffered long enough from the impacts of oil extraction and we must stop the oil industry’s latest assault to expand fracking and other forms of high intensity extraction,” said Carson councilmember Albert Robles. “We welcome the support of the League to protect the health and well-being of our communities.” Robles introduced a fracking moratorium this year after Occidental Petroleum proposed to drill 200 wells near residential homes in Carson.

While Governor Brown continues to allow oil companies to frack and use other intensive well-stimulation techniques, many cities and counties are advancing local fracking bans or moratoria including Butte County, Monterey County, Santa Barbara County, San Benito County, Santa Cruz County and the cities of Los Angeles and Culver City.

“We are really excited that LULAC has recognized that the fight is not just at the state level, but is now at the local level with the people in cities and counties really taking a stand, and using the initiative process,” said Margaret Morales Rebecchi from San Benito Rising. “Governor Brown has thwarted action at the state level. It is so fortunate that LULAC recognizes and endorses the efforts by the people to have the final say.”

LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 900 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.

San Benito Rising is a grassroots group working to ban fracking and other dangerous oil & gas drilling techniques in San Benito County, home of Pinnacles National Park.

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League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Calls on Governor Brown to Ban Fracking