Discussion on fracking planned Tuesday in San Luis Obispo

slinn@thetribunenews.comApril 15, 2013 

Community members and activists will meet Tuesday in San Luis Obispo to discuss a controversial practice used to access previously unavailable fuel deposits.

Induced hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, involves fracturing a rock layer with the use of a pressurized fluid to release petroleum, natural gas and other substances for extraction.

“Fracking is a dangerous threat to our health, our groundwater, our ecosystems and our agricultural economy,” local event organizer Jeanne Blackwell said in a news release.

Former Pittsburgh councilman Doug Shields will speak following a panel discussion featuring Metis tribal elder Hua Anwa, Mladen Bandov of SLO Clean Energy, Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange and Stephen Murray of Baldwin Hills Oil Watch.

SLO Clean Water Action will then present a newly drafted ordinance seeking to ban fracking in San Luis Obispo, and facilitate a discussion.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the San Luis Obispo Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St. in San Luis Obispo. Organized by Global Exchange, it’s part of a tour of California six communities with large shale deposits: Chico, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Culver City.

For more information, contact Jeanne Blackwell at 783-2509 or jeannewater@gmail.com.

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