Stop fracking during drought

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Re “State of emergency declared in drought” (Page A1, Jan 18): In announcing a state of emergency because of the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent, a small sacrifice to keep a catastrophic situation from getting worse. Will this water reduction goal apply to the natural gas industry which, according to the EPA, uses more than 4.4 million gallons of water per well for hydraulic fracturing? (The current estimate of wells in production is 1,440.) Fracking uses water needed by farmers and residents during California’s driest year since 1849. Will the governor bow to the pressure of the almighty dollar, as he did when he signed SB 4 into law. The law, designed to regulate fracking, grants companies such as Halliburton access to our state and water supply, so they can make a profit at our expense?

-- Tim J. Matson, El Dorado Hills

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