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!

Author Bio

Meredith Connolly

Oregon Director, Climate Solutions

Meredith brings over a decade of climate policy experience to her work accelerating Oregon’s transition to a clean energy economy. She advocates for innovative and equitable policy solutions to reduce pollution and create clean energy jobs across the state. Currently, Meredith leads a team diligently working to electrify everything from cars, trucks, and buses to homes and buildings, and power it all with 100% clean electricity.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Meredith was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, she advanced renewable energy policies 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 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 family and rooting too loudly for the Portland Thorns and Timbers.

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