Trump administration makes move to increase fracking in CA

FILE — In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo Carol Warren, left, holds up signs with Frances Burke, center and Elizabeth Lasensky in protest of Gov. Jerry Brown’s support for fracking before a gubernatorial debate between Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari in Sacramento, Calif. Brown has angered environmental activists for his refusal to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, for oil. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

“Somehow the word fracking has become a trigger word that automatically means ‘Oh my God all water is going to be polluted.’ Sorry that isn’t the case.” – Ethan Bearman, KGO810 Host

Trump administration officials are in the midst of opening up sections of California to hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as “fracking.”

According to The Hill, on Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management alerted the Federal Register of its plans to analyze the impact the of fracking on 400,000 acres of public land and 1.2 million acres of federal mineral estates throughout the sunny state. The goal is to scout out new potential sites to extract oil and gas from. Locations in the counties of Fresno, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara are just a handful that will be subject to the review.

You would expect host Ethan Bearman, a fierce advocate for the environment, to immediately condemn the decision as a pressing risk to the health of the planet and general public. Instead, he cooled the commentary and suggested others take a step back before jumping the gun on the news. Although he is in no way a proponent of increasing fracking, and whole-heartedly believes alternative energy sources should be invested in instead, his research, which unveiled the perceived risk associated with the procedure outweighs the actual threat, is allowing him to keep a level head on the matter.

“Somehow the word fracking has become a trigger word that automatically means ‘Oh my God all water is going to be polluted.’ Sorry that isn’t the case,” Bearman said.

A Forbes article supports his stance, pointing out that many fracking studies have focused on rogue methane emissions even though they have yet to be proven to have an immediate negative effect on human health. The author, scientist James Conca, also explains in his reporting toxic vapors documented at fracking sites are frequently a result of “mechanical inefficiencies” in systems used, not the practice itself.

Bearman is of the mindset that the decision was motivated by Trump’s ongoing feud with California. To those up in arms he cautioned: “Don’t overreact, you aren’t helping your cause.”

Listen below to hear more thoughts from Bearman on the topic!


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