Oil drilling in Contra Costa? Afraid so. The rigsite above just entered the scene two years ago, and if a certain wildcatter gets his way, there will be rampant drilling for oil—long after its last heyday in the sixties and seventies—all over East Contra Costa. (See our report on the Powerdrive proposal for drilling outside of Brentwood.) This particular site in unincorporated Antioch is only about a half mile away from a major hospital and a high school. And the county planning department rubber-stamped it, no problem.
As we all know, this is not exactly the time to be resurrecting fossil fuel production in the Bay Area. The IPCC report—what The UN Secretary-General calls “a code red for humanity”—tells us very clearly that we need to stop extracting fossil fuels before the end of the decade if we’re to survive climate catastrophe. Isn’t it about time that Contra Costa planners and supervisors took that message to heart?
We need a groundswell! Help us get out the petition all over Contra Costa. Los Angeles County just committed to phasing out 1,600 active and inactive wells and transitioning fossil fuel workers to climate-friendly and family-sustaining jobs. If the most populous county in the nation can do it, then so can we.
Together we can make it happen.
Here’s a flyer containing the petition with a scannable QR code. Please feel free to print it in color or black and white and distribute it at community events!