California’s water system is in crisis.

There is no question that California’s water system is in crisis. With water levels at their lowest point in decades, there are increasing concerns that our state’s water supply and delivery system may not be able to meet growing needs.1  California’s current drought has greatly increased water competition in areas with oil and gas wells, 96% of which are located in areas  experiencing severe water shortages.2

Given the significance of securing California’s water supply, it is important to understand the potential consequences of fracking and other forms of unconventional oil development on California’s water supply including availability and price of water, the potential for water contamination, and the billions of barrels of contaminated water that are produced as a byproduct of the fracking process.

 

 

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