Did you know fracking for oil and gas production is permitted in Santa Clara County?
The Sierra Club invites us to write to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, BoardOperations@cob.sscgov.org, requesting a ban on fracking in Santa Clara County. Although there are 15 gas producing wells in Santa Clara County, there is no fracking yet. However, the potential for fracking exists and neighboring counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz and the city of Los Angeles have already banned fracking.
In addition to the potential contamination of ground and surface water, Wikipedia lists methane emissions, air pollution, migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals and radionuclides to the surface, the potential mishandling of solid waste, drill cuttings, increased seismicity and associated effects on human and ecosystem health as other possible impacts from fracking. After reading this powerful article it is clear that we cannot risk contaminating our groundwater, impacting peoples’ health and becoming another Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Please join us and the Sierra Club in asking the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors to ban fracking in Santa Clara County. You might also write to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the groundwater steward for the Santa Clara Water Basin. Most effective may be to email the director for your district (e.g. email@example.com and copy the full board for the record, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Thanksgiving we give thanks for your interest and support in protecting our groundwater.