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Latino Communities Decry Fracking and Climate Change Concerns

The California State Senate this week failed to pass a bill calling for a moratorium on the controversial practice of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing. It was the second year in a row that a handful of Democrats joined Republicans to defeat a fracking moratorium. The bill, which failed by 3 votes, was introduced by Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles who said, “the safety of oil drilling is an environmental justice issue.”

Now, the Latino advocacy organization, famous for helping push Lou Dobbs off CNN over his anti-immigrant sentiments, is focusing on fracking as an environmental justice issue. In supporting the moratorium, the group made the following statement: “Fracking will disproportionately affect Latino communities by draining our water sources, poisoning our families, and fueling climate change.”

GUEST: Refugio Mata, Campaign Manager at Presente.org