Mar 13, 2014 2:17 PM
Anti-fracking advocates are trying to propose a new ordinance to voters that would ban hydraulic fracturing in Butte County. Members of the Citizens Action Network gathered at the Lake Oroville Dam this morning to kick off its "Frack-Free Butte County" campaign. Some of the potential risks that organizers are concerned about are water contamination, earthquake and health risks, and depleting California's water supply during the state's current drought.
"1 gallon of frack fluid will contaminate 1 million gallons of water. That's an enormous contamination ratio that we can't risk here in Butte County. If we're going to contaminate our water here in Butte County it would have horrendous effects for our agriculture, which is our number one industry," says Citizens Action Network member Dave Garcia.
The group needs more than 7,600 signatures by June 1st for the proposed ordinance to be put on the November ballot. Pro-fracking advocates we spoke with in Sacramento say California has some of the strictest regulations in the country. They also argue that the methods used here are environmentally safe.