Santa Cruz County bans fracking

May 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Good afternoon:

Good news for the drought ridden environment in California today.

The Monterey Shale is a vast geological formation that runs through most of central California and parts of the coast. The Government and the oil companies say it contains 2/3 of the nation’s supply of oil, or about 13.7 billion barrels of oil. They want it and they intend to get it by fracking, an extraction process that involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and rock-dissolving chemicals under high pressure into seams in a rock formation in order to force the oil and natural gas out of the formation where they can be collected and processed.

Because enormous quantities of clean water are required to produce relatively small quantities of oil and natural gas, fracking in a drought stricken area is insane.

It’s a terrible idea anyway because it poisons the ground water, destabilizes geological formations resulting in earthquakes, and it causes environmental damage. The oil and natural gas contribute to global warming and climate change.

U.S. officials announced today that the Monterrey Shale can only supply about 600 million barrels (4% of the projected amount) by fracking because most of the formation has been deformed and broken by geological activity. Therefore, the oil companies are not going to be competing for much of the scarce water in California and that is good news for farmers and consumers.

The second item of good news is the Board of Supervisors for Santa Cruz County voted 5-0 last night to ban the use of fracking. Santa Cruz County is the first county in California to ban fracking.

Butte, Mendocino, Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Benito and Orange counties are also considering their own fracking and oil bans.

The third item of good news is the Beverly Hills City Council vote unanimously to ban fracking on May 6th. Beverly Hills is the first city in California to ban fracking.

The City of Los Angeles also may ban fracking.

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