Wednesday, April 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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We must care about fracking

By Barbara R. Burr

The tentative ruling on Davis’ water rates announced last week by Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire points toward the probability that water use in Davis soon will become very costly. Our concern about water, however, needs to be much broader and include more than our local fears about cost.

During Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech last Wednesday, there was a rally at 11th and L streets in Sacramento about hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. More than 100 organizations have banded together to object to this means of oil and gas exploration, and still, many people do not know what it is or how it will affect each of us.

What you don’t know about fracking — and your lack of involvement to learn about it — may result in a much larger cost concerning water and our quality of life across this entire state.

SB 4 was signed by the governor and will allow the exploration of gas and oil in our state by the system known as fracking. This requires the use of up to 4.4 million gallons of water, with or without the addition of acids, for each well attempted. That’s equal to water use by 11,000 families in one day, or six Olympic-size swimming pools.

That water is then so polluted it must be contained, stored and monitored beyond our lifetime. Under drought conditions or not, is this how you want our clean water supply to be used?

If you care about the availability of water now and for the future, learn what this assault on our air, water, health, seismic activity and economy is all about. Fracking financially benefits a narrow segment of our population, but it endangers everyone’s quality of life. Join with others asking the governor for a moratorium on fracking until these important concerns can be more fully explored for solutions.

As long as we continue to prolong the use and support the fossil fuel energy policies in place, we will delay development of renewable and more Earth-friendly energy sources.

Here are some of the organizations I know are focused on this and can provide more information and suggestions about how to help and where to express your concerns: Credo, Democracy For America, Food & Water Watch, the Grange and MoveOn.Org.

Another rally is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, in Sacramento. Consider standing up for yourself, your children and future families by joining this effort. Now is the time to call out the governor on this issue, before irreparable harm has been done.

— Barbara R. Burr is a Davis resident.

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  • DougJanuary 28, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Actually, I think the positives that come from fracking are as misunderstood as the negatives. On the whole, I think Governor Brown got it right. Fracking is an important part of our overall energy independence picture, so it would be foolhardy to just outright dismiss it. We simply can't power our nation solely on green energy at this point. No legitate scientist would suggest otherwise. However, it is also important to make sure fracking is done with as little environmental impact as reasonably possible. Keep an open mind, do a little research about our nation's energy needs, and I think you will also conclude that fracking is a net benefit to our state and our country.

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  • colorfulclayJanuary 28, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    Doug makes some excellent points here. Plus, while water conservation is always important, hydro-fracking water-use is a red herring for several reasons. I could elaborate. But the most important thing is that this technology done wisely is critical to the continuing economic recovery of our state and country, and to building a bridge to a sustainable energy to the future.

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  • sasshaJanuary 28, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    We are in severe drought, we are trying to conserve H20 in every possible way...and doug & colorfulclay think it wise to waste millions of gallons on fracking.... simple cause & effect might come to mind here.

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