Look out for fracking (and how to stop it)

|
(116)

There's enough oil (maybe) under Central California to make petro companies vastly rich, and to keep people driving around in their carbon-spewing private cars for many years to come. Only problem is you have to use hydrofracking to bust up the shale deposits to get at it. And that involves toxic chemicals and possible contamination of water supplies.

But never mind the environmental problems -- the Obama administration just auctioned off drilling rights on 18,000 acres of land in Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties, valuable public open space that's now mostly used for agriculture.

That's potentially a serious problem, and there's a good piece that ran last year in the San Luis Obispo New Times that explains why. Nobody knows for sure what happens when you inject that much of a secret mix of chemicals into the ground below a water table that underlies prime ag land. But based on the entire history of human experience with chemicals and water, it can't be good.

Food and Water Watch is trying to get the state Legislature to enact a moratorium on fracking in California -- although that wouldn't stop the feds, who can still do what they please with Bureau of Land Management property in this or any other state, from allowing Chevron and ExxonMobil to frack up a storm in this lease area. There's a benefit concert Dec. 14, Friday night, to raise funds and awareness to stop fracking; it features a pedal-powered stage with Whiskerman and Shake Your Peace. Inner Mission, 2050 Bryant, SF. 8-11PM. $10.

It's a start.

 

 

 

Comments

You need to show beyond any doubt that fracking caused that. There's no evidence for that.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

of that region of the world "fucking hate us." Because we fucking steal their resources, intervene in their domestic politics whenever it suits us, invade their countries, pit their diversity against each other, support the most repressive of their governments, drone their residents, etc., ad nauseum.

Oh, and by the way, fracking destroys the environment, continues humankind's suicidal reliance on fossil fuels, and makes huge profits for corporate elites, who can act with impunity. HSBC anyone?

Yeah, kids get sick, adults get cancer, but you don't care because they ain't your kids and better to poison our own than depend on being able to steal resources from some subhuman sand niggers (excuse my French.)

So before you jump on here and defend tar sands extraction or mountain top removal next, I say scram "Scram."

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 10:09 am

You tick all the boxes. But of course if everyone hates Americans (not my experience and I have been to every continent) then you could always, er, leave.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 11:59 am

I've considered expatriating, but this is my home.

I've done a fair amount of international travel. I do agree that most people like Americans as individuals, but they hate the US foreign policy, imperialism, economic hegemony and bullying.

Do you tip better when you travel overseas?

Posted by Eddie on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

What part of "oil and gas are fungible commodities that are traded on global markets, sold to the highest bidder and even when produced 'domestically,' will be sold to our enemies for a quick buck" aren't you getting?

Posted by marcos on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 10:25 am

because it makes us more independent of those terrorist maniacs in the mid-East.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

What part of "oil and gas are fungible commodities that are traded on global markets, sold to the highest bidder and even when produced 'domestically,' will be sold to our enemies for a quick buck" aren't you getting?

Posted by marcos on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

The US in the aggregate buys energy on the market from wherever the price is right. That could be from companies based here and/or of petroleum produced here. It is possible that all petroleum produced in the US could be sold abroad.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 2:38 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

I thought the point was to become energy independent? How can we do that if firms produce for export? Multinational firms structure their operations such that it benefits the firm first and any nations in which it does business a distant second. There is no guarantee that energy produced here once extracted leaves anything good behind.

Posted by marcos on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

instituted along with it. All of California should benefit from our incredible oil and gas wealth. If you're asking for more drilling then be prepared to cut the state in on a share. Otherwise - no go.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 11:59 am

No one benefits, with or without a tax. It's just speeding up the time when this planet is uninhabitable. Way to stand up for future generations.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

They said we'd run out of oil before 2000.

Wrongo.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

A new study from Cornell reports that the natural gas extraction technique may be more harmful than even coal when it comes to global warming.

http://inhabitat.com/updated-cornell-study-shows-fracking-causes-more-gl...

Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

some of us are smarter than that

Posted by Guest on Dec. 14, 2012 @ 1:41 pm