the face of a four-year-long drought, some farmers in California are using recycled
fracking water to irrigate their crops. In hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”
millions of gallons of water, sand, and hundreds of different chemicals are
injected, under high pressure, into a well.
Even after the fracking fluid has been treated
following state guidelines, it has been found to contain oil, acetone, and
methylene chloride, a powerful solvent that is classified as a potential
carcinogen. There are other chemicals that fracking companies don’t disclose to
the public. If we don’t know which chemicals to test for, any number of the
hundreds of chemicals used in fracking could be present in this
water—especially since many chemicals can’t be removed unless reverse osmosis
filtration is used.
California produces nearly
half of all US-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables. California Assemblyman Mike Gatto
has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill No. 14, that would require a label
for foods grown with recycled fracking fluid. The proposed label would read,
“Produced using recycled or treated oil-field wastewater.”
write to your state legislators and urge them to support Assemblyman Gatto’s
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Please Vote YES on Assembly Bill No. 14!
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