Measure Z – Protect Our Water, Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations
- Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell are injecting dangerous chemicals into Monterey County protected groundwater aquifers in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act
- Oil operations in Monterey County extract more than 7.5 million gallons of toxic wastewater every day, polluting and reinjecting 80% of it into aquifers under the Salinas River, and contaminating future drinking water supplies for predominantly Latino communities in the Salinas Valley
- Jonathan Bishop, the Chief Deputy Director of the State Water Board testified last March before the California Legislature, “Let me be clear, so that it’s not a misunderstanding: we believe that any injection into these aquifers has contaminated those aquifers”
- Fracking chemicals and toxic wastewater can cause cancer, chronic illness, birth defects and infertility
- Bans fracking
- Phases out toxic wastewater injection
- Bans new drilling, but allows continuing oil production from 1,500 currently active wells
- Requires oil companies to clean toxic wastewater before reinjecting it into aquifers
- Creates opportunities for additional jobs in wastewater treatment
- Measure Z is the only anti-fracking initiative on the November ballot in California. It offers an important opportunity to build the movement by supporting one of the most important environmental justice issues of our time.
- The oil companies are expected to spend over $10 million to defeat Measure Z.
- The pillars of our economy, the combined $6.5 billion agricultural and tourism industry and their thousands of jobs, are endangered by the oil industry.
- Unlike Alameda, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties (where anti-fracking bans have been adopted), Monterey County is a large oil and gas producer – the fourth largest oil producing county in California, even larger than Santa Barbara County where the oil companies spent more than $7 million to defeat a recent anti-fracking initiative
- Protect Monterey County (PMC) activists collected over 17,000 signatures in less than 7 weeks to qualify the ballot measure. PMC now needs your help to win the nearly 60,000 votes needed to pass Measure Z.
- Bernie said it best: “Election days come and go, but the struggle for economic, social, racial and environmental justice must continue. . . . Now it’s time for all of us to get to work.” Please go to the Protect Monterey County website to volunteer and contribute to this critical effort: http://www.protectmontereycounty.org/
DEBATE - Measure Z wins audience approval
According to the informal applause meter called for by organizer Salinas Council member Steve McShane, proponents of Measure Z were the winners of the Monday, Aug. 15 debate at the Salinas City Hall Rotunda. Protect Monterey County spokesmen, Jim Eggleston, attorney, and Prunedale resident Ed Mitchell engaged with oil lobbyist David Armanasco, representing the oil interests in South County.
The quote of the evening was Eggleston's, "Vote 'Z', zero fracking, zero waste water injection, and zero job loss.
WE NEED YOU TO WIN MEASURE Z!
There is a campaign committee to match your time and talent. Help with fundraising, the pledge drive, events, data, social media, and help inform and activate your neighborhood, schools and groups.
The afternoon of June 1st, the Monterey County Registrar of Voters, Claudio Valenzuela, announced to the Board of Supervisors that the Monterey County anti-fracking initiative, Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations, has received more than enough valid signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.
Protect Monterey County is a coalition of residents of the Central Coast region working to pass a citizens' initiative to prevent the harmful impacts of extreme oil extraction methods. We took action because we had no response from elected officials about the dangers of fracking and other extreme oil recovery methods.
Thanks for all your hard work getting us this far!
Our regular weekly meetings rotate between the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley, at either the Peace & Justice Center, 1364 Fremont, Seaside, or the Hartnell College campus. Become a SUPPORTER or email firstname.lastname@example.org to stay informed and participate.
201 John St, Suite J-3
Salinas, CA 93901
Drop by the Salinas office, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am - 1pm.
Open Saturday from 10 - noon. Pick up pledge materials, get trained, and help inform voters.
Monterey Peace & Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
Register to vote Wednesdays and Saturdays 1-5pm
Protect Monterey County
P.O. Box 1946
Monterey, CA 93942