Right now in Calaveras County, and throughout the state, people are shocked and concerned about water usage; their reservoirs are drying up. They are concerned for their future in a globally changed climate with an estimated 10 year drought. In the worst drought on record, the California Sierra snow pack was at 27 inches. It is now at 2 inches. That is scary.
There is an urge locally to dam up all the water so we can to keep it. But damming doesn’t bring more water. It is frightening and people are scared. But solutions have to protect people, fish, agriculture and the environment as the river serves many areas over miles of its flow. I wondered if there was a bill in our state to ban fracking?
Several states have banned fracking with good reason. Imagine waking up to find your tap water bursting into flames, or your horses going blind, and cows dropping dead. Admittedly, that is what happened in Arkansas, and is a worse case scenario where the entire town had to be evacuated.
The latest news from a peer-reviewed study by the Colorado School of Public Health and Brown University found an association between the density and proximity of gas wells within a 10 mile radius of a maternal residence showed a prevalence of congenital heart defects as well as possible links to defects in the brain and spinal cord.
With a 25% mandatory water reduction, I began to wonder about fracking in California? I called Governor Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom our Lt. Governor. No one would or could give me a direct answer about anything having to do with fracking. Newsom put me in touch with the Water Control Board. Everyone was in meetings. But an aide put me in touch with The Division of Oral Gas and Geo Thermal. Their public relations person, Don Drysdale could not or would not answer questions directly but he emailed me.
More on this subject tomorrow.