This photo is from Reuters Media.
now in Calaveras County, and throughout the state, people are shocked
and concerned about water usage; their reservoirs are drying up. They
are concerned for their future in a globally changed climate with an
estimated 10 year drought. In the worst drought on record, the
California Sierra snow pack was at 27 inches. It is now at 2 inches.
That is scary.
There is an urge locally to dam up all the water so
we can to keep it. But damming doesn't bring more water. It is
frightening and people are scared. But solutions have to protect people,
fish, agriculture and the environment as the river serves many areas
over miles of its flow. I wondered if there was a bill in our state to
Several states have banned fracking with good reason.
Imagine waking up to find your tap water bursting into flames, or your
horses going blind, and cows dropping dead. Admittedly, that is what
happened in Arkansas, and is a worse case scenario where the entire town
had to be evacuated.
The latest news from a peer-reviewed study
by the Colorado School of Public Health and Brown University found an
association between the density and proximity of gas wells within a 10
mile radius of a maternal residence showed a prevalence of congenital
heart defects as well as possible links to defects in the brain and
With a 25% mandatory water reduction, I began to
wonder about fracking in California? I called Governor Jerry Brown and
Gavin Newsom our Lt. Governor. No one would or could give me a direct
answer about anything having to do with fracking. Newsom put me in touch
with the Water Control Board. Everyone was in meetings. But an aide
put me in touch with The Division of Oral Gas and Geo Thermal. Their
public relations person, Don Drysdale could not or would not answer
questions directly but he emailed me.
More on this subject tomorrow.