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MARA GROSS

Banning fracking in Oregon

To combat the worst impacts of climate change, we need to stop extracting new oil, coal and gas as we wean our economy off fossil fuels. The Oregon legislature has the opportunity to take a critical step forward by banning hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil or gas.

The bill to ban fracking has already passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. Now we need the Senate to vote yes on House Bill 2623 to put a stop to any new fracking for oil or gas exploration and production in Oregon for the next 10 years. The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing on HB 2623 for tomorrow, April 23rd.

Contact your State Senator now to encourage them to vote yes on HB 2623.  

Fracking involves injecting high pressure blasts of water, sand, and chemicals into bedrock. The devastating impacts of fracking on numerous communities around the country makes clear that Oregon should be protected from this destructive practice. Senators need to know that our shared Oregon priorities include transitioning off of fossil fuel-based gas, not expanding it at the expense of our communities and climate.

Your help is needed to tell Senators that a vote for HB 2623 is a vote to protect our environment, people, and climate.

Thank you for helping stop this threat to our state and climate in its tracks!

Meredith Connolly's picture

Oregon Director

, Climate Solutions

Meredith develops, advocates for and implements clean energy and climate change policies and programs to accelerate Oregon’s transition to a clean energy, low-carbon economy.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. In that capacity, she advanced policies for deploying renewable energy, creating clean energy jobs and increasing energy efficiency in the U.S. and internationally. She also implemented programs to protect public health and improve climate resilience to heat waves and air pollution in India’s growing cities. Before NRDC, Meredith practiced law in the private sector.

Meredith serves as a board member on the Portland Utility Board, and is a member of the Oregon and California State Bar Associations. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and French from Santa Clara University.

In her free time, Meredith enjoys exploring her incredible home state of Oregon with her husband and two kids, and rooting loudly as a member of the Portland Timbers Army.