On Sept. 28, I attended a meeting on fracking at Modesto Junior College. Since fracking is such a big issue for California and since Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 4, making fracking permissible with a few somewhat watered-down regulations, this new law should be of concern to us all because fracking (using chemicals and water to force gas and oil to the surface) will affect the quality of our water, air and land.
The Central Valley of California is where Monterey shale deposits have been shown to exist. Will there be another article on this subject soon? Ask around, many educated people in this area still do not know what fracking is.
The speaker, Mark Nechodom, the director of the California Department of Conservation, the regulatory agency, said the gas and oil companies must comply with the new regulations beginning January 2015, only 15 months away. What will happen if they don’t? A fine, however hefty, would be considered by them to be just the cost of doing business. Remember, the Central Valley is a huge agricultural producing area. Let’s protect it.
MARY LOU BIGLIERI
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