Produce grown with recycled fracking wastewater may soon come with warning labels

California could pass a bill that would require farmers, producers and retailers to place warning labels on certain food products. Last week, a new bill introduced by a California lawmaker, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, would require farmers, producers and retailers to add a label to food products that had been irrigated with recycled fracking wastewater. More specifically, the warning label would be required for crops that had been hydrated using recycled water that had once been used in gas and oil field activities, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), where water is…

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New study finds majority of fracking waste is dumped in unlined pits

This waste could threaten California’s drinking water. A state-mandated study of fracking that was issued last week, has said that according to its findings, over half of the wastewater from fracked oil wells in the state of California is left to rot in open, unlined pits, and this method of disposal could lead to the contamination of groundwater Some hydraulic fracturing disposal pits are located directly on top of usable drinking water supplies. According to the study, there are over 900 hydrofracturing waste disposal pits peppered across the San Joaquin…

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Statewide fracking ban wanted in California

Protesters in Oakland call on California governor to outlaw hydraulic fracturing in the state. Approximately 8,000 Californians protested in Oakland this past Saturday, urging Governor Jerry Brown to follow in the footsteps of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently enforced a statewide ban on fracking in New York, and prohibit the controversial natural gas and oil drilling process throughout California. Hydrofracturing has already been banned in two of the state’s counties. Local and individual fracking bans were passed last years during elections in both San Benito and Santa Cruz. The bans…

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Fracking could be harmful to California groundwater

A new report has found that drilling for oil could threaten the state’s ground water sources. According to a federally commissioned report from the California Council on Science and Technology, fracking for oil in California occurs below ground at depths that are shallower than was previously believed and the depth at which the mining process takes place could pollute groundwater supplies that are precious to the state, which has been experiencing drought and water shortages. Chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process could seep into drinking water. The report discovered…

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Fracking continues in California after bill rejected

A bill that would have lead to a hydraulic fracturing moratorium in the state has been halted. The California Senate has stopped a bill that would have temporarily suspended fracking for oil in the Golden State and this is the second consecutive year that this bill has been rejected, despite there being strong public support against the practice of hydrofracturing. The ban could have had a negative impact on the state’s economy. Democratic state Senators Mark Leno and Holly J. Mitchell introduced the bill. If the proposed legislation had passed,…

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Fracking outlawed in Santa Cruz

The county in California becomes the first in the state to prohibit hydraulic fracturing. After Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to preemptively ban fracking in Santa Cruz, the county has become the first in California to outlaw the mining practice, as well as all other forms of onshore gas and oil development. Mandatory water rationing was established last month in the county. Although access to water and water sharing have been a continual struggle for the Golden State, In January of this year, a drought…

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