Dan Bacher: Californians should support the legislators’ call for a federal investigation of hydraulic fracturing beneath the seabed floor off the California Coast.
Dan Bacher: As the oil industry expands its role in California politics and environmental processes, you can bet that they are going to use every avenue they can to get more water for fracking.
Walter Brasch: It is important that the people push a weak-willed Congress, inflated by Big Energy political contributions, to force the natural gas industry to be accountable for all laws that protect the public health and environment.
Lauren Steiner: For those of you who are worried about hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, coming to California, you might be shocked to find that it is already here.
Dan Bacher: So what is the actual amount of water now used for fracking in Califonia right now – 8 acre feet of water, 6,721 acre feet, or much, much more as fracking opponents contend?
Walter Brasch: Why do Pennsylvania Republican leaders support a state law that discriminates against the rural counties, while supporting a special exemption that protects the the urban and suburban counties where many of the state’s most powerful and wealthiest constituents live.
Diane Lefer: If the seven planned meetings help build a movement, the voices of so many citizens may help the legislature and governor find the political will to resist oil industry demands.
Rally to protest fracking in California, Tuesday, 12 June, 5:30 pm, in Culver City.
Walter Brasch’s three-part series that takes an in-depth look at the process of fracking to extract natural gas from deep below the surface leads this week’s parade. Fracking, a little known or understood process for extracting gas, is controversial and dangerous.
Walter Brasch: Mixed into the state’s energy production is not only a symbiotic relationship of business and government, but a history of corruption and influence-peddling.
Walter Brasch: What is the connection between fracking, the environment and health? Research “strongly implicates exposure to gas drilling operations in serious health effects on humans, companion animals, livestock, horses, and wildlife.”
Walter Brasch: A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
Charley James: Almost unnoticed in the haze of big oil’s petro-fumes, GasLand explores how the natural gas industry’s push to drill more wells may be responsible for as much environmental harm to individual people as big oil is to the globe.