Fracking foes call for a halt to fracking in California

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May 30, 2013 in San Francisco – Protests outside of the Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building against fracking in California – Dozens of protesters with the group Californians Against Fracking staged a protest outside of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s San Francisco offices demanding that Gov. Brown ban fracking in the state. They have formed a united front, calling for a halt to the controversial oil-industry practice. Moreover, they are trying to push a reluctant Gov. Jerry Brown — who has not yet taken a position on fracking — off the fence.

A new coalition of environmental groups, Californians Against Fracking, demand that Brown ban hydraulic fracturing in the state by delivering petitions signed by more than 100,000 people. “Fracking pollution threatens our air and water and Gov. Brown’s legacy as an environmental leader,” said Rose Braz, with the Center for Biological Diversity. Fracking — process that involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to crack rocks has revolutionized oil and natural gas production in the United States. But it has not yet taken off in California, even though the state holds what could be the nation’s largest oil-bearing shale formation. It has been blamed for tainting water supplies and worsening air pollution in another regions, although the industry insists that those fears are vastly overblown.

A study released earlier this year by the University of Southern California forecast that developing the shale could bring California $24.6 billion in new tax revenue by 2020. The California Senate, meanwhile, passed a bill by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, (Los Angeles County) that would allow fracking to continue while a risk-assessment study was conducted. If the state did not complete the study by 2015, all fracking in the state would come to a halt.

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