Fracking?A Fracking Story

What is fracking?

According to Wikipedia, our society's main online information source (Do kids even know what an encyclopedia is anymore?): "Induced hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking, commonly known as fraccing or fracking, is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas and coal seam gas), or other substances for extraction."

And what does this mean to us? According to some, it is the intention of major oil companies to begin the practice of "fracking" in Sacramento county. The fracking process involves drilling large holes deep into the earth's crust in order to extract the natural gas far below us. Though precautionary cement casings are placed around the hole, the possibility of gas leaking into the groundwater supply is a real concern.

Personally, I'm not opposed to "fracking". But I am opposed to fracking near or around the American River. My reasoning is simple. "Accidents happen!" Just the idea of fracking in my backyard brings images of toxic rivers, lakes and streams. Will my children be able to play in the river on hot summer days? Or will it be polluted beyond recognition?

Here is a link to the Q&A video on "Fracking" with Congressman Dan Lungren at the Carmichael Town Hall meeting on Aug. 22.

Learn more about Fracking:

Visit the Dan Lungren website.