Policy analysis by Tayler Hill, Ethan Jaech, Leslie Gurrola, and Nathan Solomon.
Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ is an unconventional process to extract oil and natural gas. The fracking process uses large amounts of fresh water and chemicals to break up bedrock and capture limited amounts of oil or gas intermingled in the earth deep underground. California alone has nearly 57,000 active fracking wells. Fracking has many negative impacts on public health and the environment, including contamination of water supplies, earthquakes, emissions that worsen air pollution and global warming, disruption of wildlife habitat, and respiratory and cardiovascular illness—especially in environmental justice communities where fracking takes place nearby schools and homes. Phasing out fracking in California and across the U.S., and shifting to renewable energy, would create more jobs while returning health to people and the planet. We call on the Governor and the California legislature to phase out fracking, and we look to fellow citizens to engage and demand a healthy future.
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