Fracking is an issue

04/01/2014 2:04 PM

04/02/2014 9:11 AM

Re "No evidence that fracking leads to earthquakes" (Another View, March 30): The cumulative water use from the thousands of wells that the oil industry plans to frack will be in the tens of millions of gallons. In a time when we are suffering from severe drought, farmers are already having to take crops out of production, and we are being rationed.

To claim that the strong correlation between seismic activity in places like Ohio and Texas-- which are not known for tremors-- and fracking is not real is disingenuous at best. If fracking is going to expand dramatically in California, this is a real risk that policy makers must take into account.

The thought of forcing millions of gallons of polluted water into our fault-laced earth fills me with concern. I hope you feel the same.

-- Susan Clarkson, Carmichael

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