The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the Center for Biological Diversity, seeks to compel regulators to enforce existing state law that protects people and the environment from underground injections carried out by the oil and gas industry.
In a news release, the Center for Biological Diversity says the state has yet to regulate or even monitor the controversial practice of fracking.
“Underneath much of Central and southern California sits one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the United States, boasting a motherlode of some 15 billion barrels of oil.”
And the Central Valley is one of the country’s biggest agricultural regions. Or, maybe, was. According to the Huffington Post, “Presently, energy producers aren’t required to tell anyone where or when they’re using hydraulic fracturing.”
But sometimes, such a secret can’t be kept a secret for long. Apparently a well near Fresno was fracked recently, with disasterous results this night.
Fracking at a well owned by the Wesayso Corporation went disasterously wrong this evening as natural gas erupted into the atmosphere and ignited. To make matters worse, the natural gas quickly invaded the aquifer and was sucked into wells operated by FID, Fresno Irrigation District. Before anyone knew what was going on, tap water in Fresno became highly flammable and houses, businesses and apartment complexes erupted into flames as the slightest spark caused coffee pots and water heaters to explode.
Although this is a developing story, one geological engineer at the scene of the fireball who suffered only second degree burns explained. “We didn’t know that the natural gas deposits were under this much pressure. Judging by the on-going low level earthquakes, it’s likely the shale is continuing to fracture over a widespread area. It’s like when you get a crack in your windshield, and the crack keeps spreading and spreading and spreading. Only now, when it spreads, more natural gas vents into the aquifer.”
While officials at the State level are not talking, one lower-level analyst spoke on condition of anonymity. “We may be looking at the loss of the entire Central Valley acquifer.” He said. “When that goes, everyone in the Central Valley will have to evacuate….and you can forget about farming for the next few decades. God knows how long it will take to get the toxins out of the water supply.”
PART OF WHAT YOU JUST READ IS TRUE. PART IS FICTION.
DO WE KNOW WHAT THE FRACK WE’RE DOING?
OPEN THREAD TIME.