Op-ed by Mati Waiya: Don't Frack Off California's Coast
"Offshore fracking would offend our Chumash ancestors," begins an op-ed by Center board member Mati Waiya that ran in Sunday's Ventura County Star. "The outrageous proposal to extract more oil from under the Santa Barbara Channel by injecting high-pressure water and toxic chemicals to fracture the earth would baffle and sadden them."
Mati's op-ed argues against the Trump administration's plan to open federal waters off California to fracking by lifting an Obama-era moratorium. Among other offenses against the planet, fracking chemicals hurt marine species that are important to Chumash culture, writes Mati, "including our closest ocean relations, Alulkoy (dolphins), as well as swordfish, whales, otters, abalone, kelp and pelicans."
Read the op-ed.