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SCSQUARED halfDanielle Lee, Santa Margartia

As a University of California, Santa Barbara student, I have been closely following the Refugio State Beach oil spill and the devastating impacts it has had on our communities.

To prevent tragedies like this from happening again, we need to take the threats seriously of other oil and gas drilling, which are a danger to our public health, safety and quality of life, especially from the practice of fracking.

Two Pennsylvania studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found fracking chemicals and elevated levels of methane in drinking water wells near drilling sites.

You can also see the devastating effects fracking is already having on our drought-ridden communities in places like Kern County, where citizens are still dealing with fallout from 532 wells that illegally injected fracking wastewater into aquifers used for irrigation and drinking water.

Contaminants and chemicals used in fracking can cause serious medical conditions such as infertility, birth defects, organ damage and cancer, which are particularly concerning to pregnant women and children.

After growing up in southern Orange County with the privilege of spending my days camping and hiking outdoors, I would never want fracking to destroy the wilderness I call home. Governor Brown needs to keep our communities from harm and place a moratorium on fracking.

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