Following the California Coastal Commission’s Aug. 15 decision to immediately begin investigating the prevalence of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in offshore oil wells Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued a statement praising the commission’s decision.
Bloom said, “I applaud the Coastal Commission for their immediate decision to review fracking operations off of California’s coast. Their action demonstrates their commitment to their mission to protect our resources.”
The Assemblyman added, “California’s coast and ocean is sacred to the voters of this state and has been for many decades since voters overwhelmingly passed the Coastal Zone Conservation Act in 1972, which would eventually became today’s California Coastal Commission. The fact that activities are occurring off our shores that are potentially destructive to our most precious resource and could very well have irreversible consequences is disturbing and must be halted and studied immediately. If we regulate all other oil extraction operations, we must surely do the same with fracking.”