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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.