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What is California Doing About 'Fracking?'

Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch will discuss 'fracking,' on Wednesday night in Redwood City.

Submitted to Patch by Elsa Schafer

Have you ever wondered what California is doing about fracking - and what is it, anyway?

Did you see the Matt Damon movie, “The Promised Land?"

Fracking is a method of squeezing oil out of the ground, which has polluted drinking water, causing farm animals and people to sicken, sometimes dying.

Fracking threatens our water, our communities and the environment we all depend on. More than 250 communities in the U.S. have passed resolutions to stop the use of fracking. Vermont, France and Bulgaria have banned it permanently.

Wednesday night at 7 p.m., Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch (FWW) will be the featured speaker at the San Mateo County Democracy for America meeting in a new location – the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, at 2124 Brewster on the corner of Lowell (enter by the Brewster door).

Adam is the California Campaigns Director of FWW, and will explain how serious the threat is to California – as well as what we can do about it.

The meeting is free and always starts with luscious desserts – bring a friend or two!

Tim Hoffman February 06, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Why isn't this particular post categorized under "Opinion"? Just curious.
John C February 06, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Thanks for bringing issue and meeting up to attention, Elsa. Due to the fact of industry lobbying, regulation of fracking in California is weak.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Good point Tim.....an oversight on my part. Have made the categorization. Thanks for your comment.
Traci February 06, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Outside of "Battlestar Galactica", I've never heard of "fracking." Very interesting--Thanks for the info!
Diana Reddy February 06, 2013 at 05:05 PM
"Obituaries"? :o)
Tomas DiFiore February 06, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Oil Or Gas? Vertical or Horizontal? Don't Worry Be Frac Happy If I understand the math right... Only 30 percent of the Monterey Shale resource is recoverable. Of that, 9 per cent is lost at the point of production, the gas well. And the industry wants to export LNG because the US market isn't big enough. But that is a multi year investment of hundreds of billions of dollars in pipelines, LNG facilities for export and target market LNG import facilities, shipping, and more environmental and health impacts than imaginable. Thank you FWW and thank you Elsa for posting. Think before you lease: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/02/06/18731463.php
Elsa Schafer February 06, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Thanks John and all for interesting comments. Per Thomas's comment below, the NY Times carried an article Monday on California's Monterey Shale field now up for debate - which led California's Department of Conservation to draft regulations on fracking. The current issue is that companies are not forced to state what chemicals they use for fracking - considering them trade secrets. The environmental groups, seeing the damage done in other states, are questioning the lack of transparency - since those are the chemicals that leach into our groundwater and pollute our air as well. See a link to the full article below. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/us/vast-oil-reserve-may-now-be-within-reach-and-battle-heats-up.html?pagewanted=all
Este February 07, 2013 at 06:03 AM
Fracking is pretty scary. I don't want my water to catch on fire, as happened to those poor people in PA after their land was fracked. It is telling that the gas companies refuse to tell the public what they are injecting in the ground.

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