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Fracking threatens imperiled Delta fish and Central Valley salmon
Dan Bacher
So many people showed up to attend the first public comment hearing held by the Department of Conservation on draft fracking regulations in Sacramento on January 6 that state officials had to move to a larger room in the EPA building to accomodate the huge crowd. Over 80 percent of the people that attended, including representatives of the Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch, Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations, supported a moratorium or ban on the controversial oil extraction process. Representatives of the Western States Petroleum Association and other oil industry organizations praised the regulations for being the "strongest" and "strictest" fracking regulations in the nation. Below is an updated version of my testimony before Department of Conservation officials. Photo of two young activists pointing out the deaths in oil industry "accidents" at the public hearing in Sacramento on January 6. Photo by Dan Bacher.

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