WHEN: Tuesday, July 17 – Meet at 4 pm to prepare, secure seats inside; council meeting begins at 6 pm
WHERE: 200 Campus Drive, Arvin
WHY: Join frontline community members and stand up against the oil industry to protect public health and address climate change!
Background: The city of Arvin is in Kern County, the heart of extraction in California, where roughly 75% of the state’s oil drilling occurs. It is unfortunately also notorious as one of the most polluted cities for ozone and particulate matter in the United States and endures many other local environmental injustices. The city of Arvin shouldn’t have to serve as a dumping ground for the oil industry due to unjust and unsafe practices such as extreme extraction.
The city’s oil and gas ordinance has not been updated since the moon landing, and now council members are considering reasonable changes such as an implementation of a health and safety buffer zone around drill sites in sensitive areas. The ordinance, while an improvement, does not do enough to protect public health AND continues to face intense opposition from the oil and gas industry. Stand with the people of Arvin to adopt and strengthen their oil and gas ordinance! See this fact sheet for more details.
TAKE ACTION NOW by signing the letter of support.
- Juan Flores, Center on Race, Poverty, & the Environment
- Dr. Rosanna Esparza, independent researcher
- Gustavo Aguirre Jr. and Cesar Aguirre, Central California Environmental Justice Network
- David Turnbull, Oil Change International
- Mary Sweeters, Greenpeace
- Adelita Serena, Mothers Out Front
- David Braun, Rootskeeper – facilitator