Proposed fracking sacrifice zones in central and offshore Southern California (source: Food & Water Watch)
Food and Water Watch is on the vanguard to ban fracking in the United States. According to their website:
“Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. It’s an extremely water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid – typically a mix of water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to cause cancer – are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This fracking releases extra oil and/or gas from the rock, so it can flow into the well.
But the process of fracking introduces additional industrial activity into communities beyond the well. Clearing land to build new access roads and new well sites, drilling and encasing the well, fracking the well and generating the waste, trucking in heavy equipment and materials and trucking out the vast amounts of toxic waste — all of these steps contribute to air and water pollution risks and devaluation of land that is turning our communities into sacrifice zones. Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. That’s why over 250 communities in the U.S. have passed resolutions to stop fracking, and why Vermont, France and Bulgaria have stopped it.”
This week, it has become clear that California is next on the list to have large areas of the state become sacrifice zones for the natural gas/oil industries.
Since fracking is “an extremely water-intensive process” how can it make sense to ‘frack’ in food producing areas, where extemely limited water is already a critical issue? And why would we want to poison our ocean, farms, wildlife and water – to make the oil companies even richer?
Add to this the absolute madness of creating mini-earthquakes by fracking, in the already earthquake-prone areas of the San Andreas Fault, and you have a sure-fire recipe for disaster. Do the oil companies have enough insurance to cover themselves if they trigger “The Big One” in Southern California?
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And please sign the F&W Watch petition to ban fracking in California HERE.
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