Will fracking (hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas) really provide our country with energy independence, jobs and prosperity, or leave us once again dependent on high-priced foreign fuels, when we run out after its proponents become rich?
Shouldn’t we focus instead on researching, developing and producing clean, renewable energy, and conserving and regulating our energy resources rather than continuing our dependence on diminishing, dirty fossil fuels? Recent research found that renewables could power nearly all U.S. energy usage by 2050.
Given the substantial water contamination, air pollution, health and property damage and earthquakes associated with fracking, the utter lack of systematic research about the process is shocking. We just don’t know its short- and long-term effects any more than we know the amount and duration of production it might foster.
Yet, due to effective lobbying, disinformation, and opposition, there is little, if any state or federal regulation of a process for releasing and extracting oil or gas which injects millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals at high pressure via wells dug deep underground.
There should be a moratorium on fracking in California. We have too much to lose.
Michele Spencer, Communications Committee
Nevada County Democrats