Halt Fracking During California Water Crisis

Fracking fluid and other drilling wastes are dumped into an unlined pit located right up against the Petroleum Highway. According to Rosanna, 17 toxic chemicals are evaporating at 4 times the legal limit.

Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of Califorina

Goal: Halt fracking during California drought.

California is currently in the grip of one of the worst droughts on record. Years of dry seasons have pushed the environment to the brink. While residents face strict water restrictions, fracking continues to consume and contaminate millions of gallons of water. Governor Jerry Brown must call for a moratorium on fracking during this devastating drought.

In January 2015, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency as California entered into the fourth year of drought. Across the state residents are faced with the first ever mandatory regulations for the use of water. If these regulations go through, Californians will be forced to cut their water use by 25 percent and cities and towns by 35 percent or suffer fines. Across the state, residents have been encouraged to let their lawns die and many people are choosing to remove swimming pools. California agriculture, a leading contributor to the U.S. food supply, stands to be seriously affected by the drought. State exports like almonds, lemons, and various produce could become scarce or unavailable entirely.

Despite all this, the fracking process, which uses millions of gallons of water and as a result, contaminates it beyond use, continues to operate in the state. Recently officials from around California wrote a letter to the governor urging him to put a stop to fracking, emphasizing the added trouble during this time of drought. When people across the state are being forced to cut back their water use as California slips closer to catastrophic conditions, there is simply no excuse for the governor to continue to permit the wasteful contamination of millions of gallons of water for a process already shown by study after study to be environmentally devastating. Tell Governor Jerry Brown to immediately halt fracking in his state during this time.


Dear Governor Brown,

As your state buckles under the crisis of drought, it is shameful that fracking is allowed to continue. The fracking process uses and, as a result, irreversibly contaminates millions of gallons of water that the citizens of California desperately need right now. It is a well-known fact that fracking is environmentally disastrous even without the added pressure of a historic drought, but at this time there is no excuse for allowing this to continue.

The nation depends on the agriculture of California and the residents depend on being able to access a clean water source. As California faces water use restrictions, it is unconscionable that you should allow the fracking industry to continue to waste this precious resource. By allowing fracking to go on during this time you are betraying your duty as a leader of the people not only of your state, but of the entire country. At a time like this, the only reasonable answer is to place a 100 percent moratorium on all fracking as your state succumbs to water restrictions.


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