Cities to Demand Gas, Oil Buffer Zone Jan. 15

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Albany Mayor Nick Pilch will join other local officials at a noon press conference next Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. Ezzy Ashcraft and Pilch want to make Alameda and surrounding cities aware that the state of California must end permits for new oil and gas wells. 

In addition the mayors are asking the state to implement a 2,500- safety buffer zone around all existing oil and gas wells and have the state commit to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Ezzy Ashcraft and Pilch will highlight what cities are doing to raise awareness that local action makes a difference in curbing climate change.

The meeting will take place under the banner of Elected Officials to Protect America. The mayors are part of a growing initiative of state representatives, mayors, county supervisors and city councilmembers demanding an end to the use of dirty fossil fuels that harm their communities.