For Immediate Release—February 19, 2019
OXNARD, Calif.— The Oxnard City Council this evening approved a resolution opposing new fossil fuel drilling off the California coast and fracking in existing offshore oil and gas wells. The 6 to 1 vote makes Oxnard the 85th West Coast community to pass a resolution opposing President Trump’s proposal to expand offshore oil drilling. The Administration plan includes opening Pacific Ocean for the first new leases in 35 years.
Food & Water Watch Senior Organizer Tomas Morales Rebecchi, welcomed the Oxnard City Council’s opposition to the federal offshore drilling plan.
“The City of Oxnard has joined a growing wave of 85 other communities opposed to any new offshore drilling and fracking,” said Tomas Morales Rebecchi, senior organizer with Food & Water Watch. “The Fight does not end there. Local families are also fighting to stop hundreds of new onshore oil wells proposed within miles of Oxnard. Those include a proposal to drill up to 200 oil wells to extract some of the dirtiest tar sands oil in the world that would threaten the health of nearby residents, local ground water and the Ventura County economy. Oxnard cannot continue to be a sacrifice zone for a dying fossil fuel industry.”
For background on tar sands drilling in Oxnard, see: The Environmental Perils of Steam Fracking Oxnard's Tar Sands
Contact: Tomas Morales Rebecchi, (619) 252-6899, [email protected]
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