According to an article, Federal regulators are giving the go ahead on three new fracking jobs off the California coast. This is more than what was previously knows, so many people are up in arms, and rightfully so.
Hydraulic fracturing is done by pumping large amounts of water, sand and chemicals into the rock bed to release oil. It is believed that the process is a huge proponent of chemical pollution, which is why there is such an outcry of people saying it should be stopped.
Many people, especially near the coasts of California, believe these rigs performing this function are only a problem that will escalate in the future. People are also uneasy after the 1969 oil platform blowout that harmed beaches, birds and other wild life. The last thing residents and beach goers want is another incident of that magnitude. They also don’t like the fact that certain chemicals are being released into the water in which they swim.
It’ll be interesting to see how this process is done in the future and if it will leave lasting effects on the areas surrounding the rigs.
A recent article in Huffington Post talks about a new development off the California coast. Oil companies are beginning to frack offshore and I can’t imagine beach goers in California are any bit happy with this latest news.
Fracking has been a big concern throughout the United States on dry land because of the chemicals that are involved in the process and how it can impact drinking water, the environment, etc. With the process now happening off the California coast in the shale beneath the water, you figure these chemicals will surely have an affect on marine life and people looking to catch a few razes off the golden coast.
According to the Huffington Post article, “Fracking fluid can include more than 600 different chemicals, including substances that cause cancer and other health problems in humans and wildlife. In the water, fracking fluid is just dumped into the ocean or transported back to shore and injected underground, where it can contaminate groundwater.” How fracking was allowed off the California coast in the first place is very alarming. It makes you think about the State of California and their agenda. I’m sure financially they are seeing great reward in allowing oil companies to frack along their coast. But the greater impact to the environment and directly to the people should supersede this horrible practice.
“Aging offshore wells may make fracking especially dangerous in California’s coastal waters, where there’s been a decades-old moratorium on new leasing. Shooting highly pressurized fluid down older wells could increase the risk of well failure and the release of oil and chemical-laced fracking fluid into the ocean.” Fracking along the California coast is setting up to be a recipe for disaster. I’m sure we will continue to see an outcry by the public as more time elapses. This topic is still fairly new for the State so we should see more backlash soon.