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Don’t Frack With California

Contaminated water. Greenhouse gas pollution. Dead wildlife. And grave threats to public health.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing — and the industrial development that comes with it — have left a grim trail of damage across America. This damaging oil and gas–drilling technique involves injecting millions of gallons of highly pressurized water, sand and toxic chemicals deep into the earth.


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Now fracking has become a major issue in the Golden State. Oil companies are fracking up to half of all new wells in California, according to the California Council on Science and Technology. But Californians still have time to safeguard their water, air, wildlife and health from this dangerous form of oil and gas production.

And the Center is helping that happen.

California officials must move quickly to address this dangerous practice. To protect our health and future, fracking should be banned in California. 

Fracking has already taken place in at least 10 California counties — as well as offshore, in our oceans. Insatiable demand for oil is sparking interest in employing fracking and other dangerous techniques in the Monterey Shale, a geological formation that may hold a large amount of dirty, carbon-intensive oil.

Uncontrolled, fracking emits large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas methane and other air pollutants. It undermines urgent efforts to head off catastrophic climate change

Fracking routinely employs numerous toxic chemicals, including methanol, benzene, naphthalene and trimethylbenzene. It can also expose people to harm from lead, arsenic and radioactivity that are brought back to the surface with fracking flowback fluid. It also requires an enormous amount of water — a single horizontal well can use millions of gallons. Water-contamination problems associated with fracking have been documented in Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Ohio and Wyoming.

Wildlife is also at risk. In California, the pollution and development associated with fracking threaten endangered species like the California condorSan Joaquin kit fox and blunt-nosed leopard lizard.

To protect California's future, we need to act now. Learn more about fracking, tell Gov. Brown to ban fracking now, tell Congress to stop the fracking frenzy and join our campaign today.

To protect California's future, we need to act now. Learn more about fracking.



Fracking photo courtesy Flickr Commons/Justin Woolford; San Joaquin kit fox courtesy USFWS