To the editor:

Oil companies are gearing up to frack the estimated 15 billion barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale, which lies beneath some of the state's most productive farmland, water sources and important wildlife habitat and is home to communities from the Salinas Valley to the Los Angeles Basin.  But, across the country fracking has left a trail of contaminated water, greenhouse gas pollution, dead wildlife, and impacts to public health. 

This dangerous oil and gas–drilling technique involves injecting millions of gallons of highly pressurized water, sand and toxic chemicals deep into the earth.  California should follow the lead of states like New York and Vermont that have halted this dirty and dangerous practice.


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