Adopted by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee March 3, 2015.
WHEREAS, hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” is a technique that drills wells vertically and often horizontally deep under the earth’s surface and injects a mixture of water, sand and toxic chemicals into the wells at high pressure to crack shale and dense rock formations to extract gas or oil; and
WHEREAS, fracking uses large amounts of water thereby reducing its availability for agriculture and other public use, uses large amounts of toxic chemicals some of which can cause cancer, creates wastewater that brings these chemicals and other deep earth contaminants (sometimes radioactive) to the surface and can pollute the drinking water supply either directly or through leaky wells, releases methane gas into the air that exacerbates climate change, and may cause earthquakes; and
WHEREAS, fracking is only one of the better known and more destructive techniques of oil and gas exploration and extraction that is currently minimally regulated or not regulated at all, both in Alameda County and the State of California and is exempt from federal regulation under an exception in the Safe Drinking Water Act whereby the chemicals used are treated as secret corporate property and are not tested or made public, and the locations of the wells are also not tested or made public
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alameda County Democratic Party supports the imposition of a ban on all new permitting and entitlements for oil and gas exploration and extraction, including fracking, in Alameda County through methods including but not limited to the removal of an existing policy of the Alameda County General Plan that presently allows the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to conditionally approve new use permits for petroleum resource exploration and extraction; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Alameda County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
Andy Kelley and Igor Tregub, AD15
Co-Sponsored by the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club