Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a dangerous oil-and-gas drilling technique that threatens California's water, air, public health, endangered wildlife and climate. Fracking is set to expand, even though it routinely employs toxic chemicals like benzene -- and state regulators don't track or collect even the most basic information about the fracking already underway.
Fracking also emits methane -- a highly potent greenhouse gas -- and opens up new areas for fossil fuel development when a rapid transition to clean and renewable energy should be our number-one priority.
Sign up to become a Fractivist with the Center for Biological Diversity and help safeguard California from this dangerous and poorly regulated form of oil and gas production. If you're a resident of California, the Center wants to work with you to ban fracking in your state. We'll help provide you with materials, speakers, strategies and support in all your anti-fracking activism.
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Photo of fracking rig courtesy Flickr/Jeremy Buckingham.