Friday, July 25, 2014
As I mentioned yesterday, there is a great deal of local concern about “fracking,” or “hydraulic fracturing.” Fracking is a technique for obtaining new oil resources from geologic formations that have not, up until recently, been seen as economically productive for oil and gas development. Water supply and water quality impacts can be severe.
In Santa Cruz County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted an ordinance that essentially bans fracking. In San Benito County, voters will have an opportunity in November to take a comparable action by way of an initiative measure. In Monterey County, there seems to be a real interest by oil companies to expand oil production, including by way of fracking technologies. The Monterey County Planning Commission recommended a moratorium, but the Board of Supervisors has not yet considered the matter.
If you would like to “study up” on the topic, here is a “free event” that I think will be interesting. At noon on Saturday, July 26th (that’s tomorrow), Calvin Tillman, the former Republican Mayor of Dish, Texas, is going to be speaking at the Sunnyslope Elementary School Auditorium, located at 1475 Memorial Drive in Hollister. His topic? “Why Fracking Made Me Move.” Texas has welcomed fracking, by and large. Should be worthwhile to hear from former Mayor Tillman about some of the possible downsides!