For Immediate Release—March 18, 2019
Contact: Thomas Meyer, (360) 460-7397, [email protected]
Salem—Oregon House lawmakers voted 42-12 today to enact a moratorium on fracking until 2030. The fracking process injects a high-pressure mix of toxic chemicals into underground shale rock to extract fossil fuels. It poses a serious risk to public health and to drinking water safety. While there are currently no fracking operations in Oregon, there is potential for the process to be used in various parts of the state.
“The Oregon House showed real leadership today by passing a moratorium on fracking, and we need the state Senate to quickly follow suit,” said Thomas Meyer, Food & Water Watch Regional Organizing Manager. “Fortunately, fracking hasn’t yet begun in Oregon, but this type of dangerous fossil fuel extraction could come to as many as 14 counties across the state. Study after study shows that fracking poses severe threats to drinking water, air quality and public health, not to mention the global climate that we all depend on. Oregon leaders have made stirring statements about the need to address climate change, and this bill represents a tangible step forward to protect our state and our climate.”
If the bill goes into law, Oregon would join New York, Vermont and Maryland, which have banned fracking, and Florida and New Mexico which are considering outlawing some forms of dangerous drilling.
Food & Water Watch was the first national organization to call for a ban on fracking everywhere. Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.