Letter: Fracking Threatens Water Supply

By Joanna Clark, San Juan Capistrano

Our water supply is threatened by climate change, extended drought, pollution from fracking and the use of injection wells to store toxic waste from hydraulic fracturing.

Fracking is also a waste of our most precious resource—water. Hydraulic fracturing is syphoning off trillions of gallons of water from the California aqueduct system and Lake Mead is on the verge of becoming a dry lake. Humanity existed for more than 250,000 years without the use of gas or oil, but we cannot exist more than seven to 10 days without water. We must find more and better ways to conserve water and ban fracking throughout the state of California, yet Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing ahead to allow fracking, putting us all at risk.

If San Juan Capistrano bans other fracking within its city limits, other cities will follow our lead and Sacramento will have to listen and change course.

The following resolution has been sent to our mayor and City Council members:

“The people of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. have a right to clean air, pure water and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. San Juan Capistrano’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come.

As a trustee of these resources, the city of San Juan Capistrano conserves and maintains them for the benefit of all the people. Therefore, it is resolved that the technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used to recover oil and gas from shale formation, including the use of injection wells for the storage of fracking waste water and fluids, are permanently banned within the city limits of San Juan Capistrano and its adjacent ocean.”

Together, we can save San Juan Capistrano for all the people, including generations yet to come, if we let them know how we feel.

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3 Responses to “Letter: Fracking Threatens Water Supply”

  1. Jere H. Lipps
    January 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    Fracking is a complex business and requires a great deal of advance study, including of the geology, the water supply to do it, and the waste water disposal. Even whether or not fracking would recovered oil and gas from the rocks in SJC area. The City should move very carefully until such studies deem the process clean. The citizens deserve to know in advance of the hazards, including pollution of their water supply, before any action is taken. The best move now is to vote against fracking now.

  2. Chuck Buck
    January 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    I am pleased that Ms. Clark focused our attention on this new and vicious threat to the state water supply: fracking. Even though it is unlikely that fracking will be carried out in the city limits of San Juan since we do not sit on top of a major shale formation, it is still important that San Juan take the lead in banning fracking. As one of the oldest cities in the state and one which has done so much to preserve the quality of life for its citizens, San Juan can lead others in fighting this “oil at all costs” mentality that fracking represents. I hope the City Council will promptly pass the resolution she has presented.

  3. Joanna Clark
    January 28, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    On January 27, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown stated “We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use” and urging “all citizens [to cut back] at least 20% of their water use.”

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-drought-questions-gov-brown-didnt-answer-20140117,0,3167230.story#ixzz2ri8vBMcp

    Does that mean he will ban fracking throughout the state until the drought is over? Apparently not, despite the fact that the oil/gas cartel could potentially consume 54,000,000 to 90,000,000 gallons of water per well. And if they frack up to 1,000 new wells as has been predicted, that will equate to 54,000,000,000 to 90,000,000,000 gallons of water or 165,719.91 to 276,199.86 acre feet of water consumed. Can we really afford to waste that much water?

    Tell your council members to pass the resolution banning fracking. Send a clear message to the Governor and legislature – Bann fracking and injection wells until the technologies can be proven safe and not a threat to us or future generations.

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