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.