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Don’t take away Oklahomans’ right to regulate drilling

Johnson Bridgwater is the Executive Director of Oklahoma Sierra Club.

 

It’s undeniable that the fracking boom has had a huge impact on many Oklahoma communities. It’s helped bring jobs and income to some, but the rapid increase in this new method of drilling has a flip side—communities have serious concerns about earthquakes and threats to vital water supplies for cities and towns, not to mention the noise, air pollution, and damage to infrastructure from highly industrial drilling operations.

In response to the grassroots concerns of their residents, several Oklahoma cities have sought to impose sensible regulations on drilling within city limits — such as 1,000-foot setbacks and limits on noise, traffic, gas flares, lights and dust. However, the Oklahoma State Legislature is on the verge of passing bills (House Bill 2178 and Senate Bill 809) that will strip away existing law that has for 80 years given cities and towns the right to zone, regulate and manage their own backyards when it comes to the oil and gas industry. Another proposal moving through the Legislature, Senate Bill 468, threatens to punish towns financially if they try to regulate local oil and gas activity.

Date: 
Tue, 04/21/2015

Oklahoma Lobby Day on April 8th!

Join Oklahoma Sierra Club to Lobby our Legislators at the State Capitol! Sign Up For Lobby Day Here!

DOZENS of lobbyists for big corporations and interests at odds with those of Oklahoma Sierra Club reach out and meet with Oklahoma legislators EVERY DAY during legislative session. We need your help to reach out to our legislators to let them know there ARE OKLAHOMANS WHO CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR AIR, LAND, AND WATER!

With your help on April 8th, we will show legislators the power of a grassroots environmental movement and focus the attention of the media on OUR messages.  

New Oklahoma Sierran newsletter!

The first issue of the revitalized Oklahoma Sierran newsletter has been released!  There have been some hiccups and issues with delivery, but overall the newsletter came together well.  We aim to have all the hiccups ironed out with the release of the next newsletter targeted for distribution at the end of March! View the online version of the newsletter here:  OK Sierran

Corrections/Updates in this month's newsletter:  

Conservation Committee meeting has been changed from 3/4/2015 to 3/9/2015

Earth Matters Film Series showing of Tar Sands is on 3/31/2015, and was erroneously printed as showing on 3/3/2015.

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Upcoming events
  • “Things Sierra Club Loves” report
  • Who we are
  • Our news
  • Legislative report
  • Editorial
  • Chapter Leaders

Date: 
Sun, 03/01/2015

"Things Sierra Club Loves" at the state capitol

 
Twenty four environmental leaders turned out in the middle of a work day for the first “Things Sierra Club Loves” event at the state Capitol on 02/11/15. We delivered Sierra Club calendars to most of the 151 legislators (some won’t accept “gifts). Then we had an awesome media conference that shared the love (for Valentine’s Day) about issues that we support every day.
 
Check out the 22 minute You Tube video at http://youtu.be/NW6wky2psPI with Executive Director/Emcee Johnson Bridgwater and four outstanding speakers: Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Beekeeper Stephanie Jordan, MAPS board member Jeff Bezdek and Steve Wilke from Delta Energy.
 

Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015

Tell EPA in person to protect our communities from smog!

Tell EPA in person to protect our communities from smog!
Members of the Oklahoma Sierra Club are traveling to Arlington to make their voice heard! We will leave January 29th from OKC at 8:30 AM (meeting location TBD) in order to make it in time for the press conference.  
Click here for more information and to sign up now if you want to attend and we'll be in touch with more information soon!

Date: 
Wed, 01/21/2015

Meet Our New Director!

 

 Meet our new Chapter Director 

 January 5th was the first day on the job for our new Director, Johnson Bridgwater. Johnson is a lifelong writer and  environmentalist who has been involved in conservation and the sciences from a young age. Originally from  Minnesota, Johnson has spent the last 30 years hiking, camping and canoeing all across Oklahoma’s diverse  landscapes, and he now calls Oklahoma home. His work history includes owning a landscape design company,  working for the Oklahoma City Zoo, working for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and working for ODOT.  He has volunteered for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Audubon of Central Oklahoma, and he  helped cofound WildShare International, a non-governmental conservation organization dedicated to working with  local communities to help them protect endangered locations in Mexico and Peru.

Date: 
Sat, 01/17/2015
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