Fracking Ruining California’s Already Depleted Water Supply

Water is hard to come by in California currently thanks to a devastating drought. As the government tries to determine how to get by, the last thing the state needs is to have its already limited water supply contaminated, yet that’s precisely what has occurred thanks to our friends in the fracking industry.

That’s why we’ve started a petition to end fracking in California immediately.

Three months ago, eleven fracking wells were shut down in central California after being suspected of leaking wastewater into critical aquifers. Analysts found that nine of the wells had in fact contaminated the state’s precious water supply. In total, three billion gallons of illegally dumped toxic water mixed with clean water. Chemicals like thallium, arsenic and various nitrates that fracking companies use to conduct business have been discovered in high concentrations in the water supply.

Even more disheartening is the news that this investigation is not over. Regulators have reason to suspect that 19 other fracking sites may have leaked toxins into water supplies, though those areas have yet to be tested.

This development shouldn’t come as a surprise – researchers have found time and time again that the chemicals that get used in fracking “magically” wind up in local water supplies, even though gas companies deny responsibility.

State officials knowingly accepted risks when they permitted fracking to occur. This gamble turned out to be even more reckless than they could have anticipated, however, now that water is in such low supply.

Fracking doesn’t even need to poison aquifers in order to deplete the water supplies. A single fracking site can waste as much as 150,000 gallons each day. The water is mixed with toxins and fired underground to free up natural gas supplies. Because it is combined with chemicals, this water is unsafe to use for other purposes afterwards, too.

It is unclear how the state will deal with its polluted aquifers at this point, but one next step should be obvious: putting a moratorium on fracking in the state immediately. California does not have the luxury of losing any more water at this point. Forget natural gas — H2O is clearly a more precious resource during this drought.

Various counties including Los Angeles have already banned fracking, but it’s going to take a statewide effort to protect the shared water supply. Call on Governor Jerry Brown and other California voters to put an end to fracking immediately by signing this petition.

If you want to start your own petition on an issue you care passionately about, click here:

95 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H4 years ago

Signed. Fracking everywhere needs to stop. It will contaminate water supplies world wide and ruin precious farmland.

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Charlie Rush
Charlene Rush4 years ago

If I knew the proper answer for California, I'd be wealthy.
The fact is, that CA has a water problem, no doubt, and fracking uses an immense amount of water.
Under these circumstances, wouldn't it be more prudent to find other methods for energy sources. Gee, How about solar ~ California and sun?
What a novel idea !!!

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Marie W.
Marie W4 years ago

Let oil execs drink fracking fluid!

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Elaine K.
Elaine K4 years ago

Gas can be produced without fracking. www.cleanenergyfuels.com and their product Redeem is an example of gas produced without harming the environment. Organic matter in airtight pits or tanks decomposing without air produce gas. Once the organic matter has finished decomposing humus is left which can be spread to improve the soil. Huge amounts of organic matter are being dumped that could be producing gas. Biosolids, manure, spoiled food, poultry litter, straw, shavings, leaves, pine needles, and everything else that decomposes can be used to produce gas and it requires no chemicals of any kind. It is a natural process. Instead of coal we could use the gas it produces which burns much cleaner than the coal.

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Warren Webber
Warren Webber4 years ago

Live long and prosper

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Janet B.
Janet B4 years ago

Thanks

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Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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John W.
.4 years ago

What is needed is better regulations. To all the nay sayers, remember that fracking has reduced gas prices and made America less dependant upon imported gas.

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Ben Oscarsito
Ben Oscarsito4 years ago

And, NO freaking fracking ANYWHERE on this Planet!

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