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Food & Water Watch provided skilled activists to help us organize and amplify our voices against fracking in Monterey County, California. Their presence brought added credibility and effectiveness in educating and activating local residents to preserve our precious agriculture and water resources. Food & Water Watch understands that on-the-ground grassroots organizing is essential to success.  
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Reports: Fracking

Reports Found: 9
November 14, 2012
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U.S. Energy Insecurity: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas Is a False Solution

Promoters of modern drilling and fracking celebrate the industry’s newfound ability to extract oil and natural gas from shale and other tight rock formations, calling it an energy “revolution,” a “paradigm-shifter,” a “rebirth” and a “game changer.” One recent report claims that North America might soon become “the new Middle East,” a net exporter of oil and natural gas. In April 2012, ConocoPhillips’s CEO at the time called shale gas a “blessing.” But for whom is it really a blessing?

November 15, 2011
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Exposing the Oil and Gas Industry’s False Jobs Promise for Shale Gas Development: How Methodological Flaws Grossly Exaggerate Jobs Projections

The oil and gas industry, industry-funded academics and ideological think tanks have promoted shale gas development — through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — as a sure-fire job creator during difficult economic times. Food & Water Watch closely examined a recent report touting the job-creation potential of shale gas development and found numerous inaccuracies and methodological flaws. Even after correcting for these problems, questions remain about the validity of using economic forecasting models to predict the economic impacts of expanded shale gas development.

July 14, 2010
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Not So Fast, Natural Gas: Why Accelerating Risky Drilling Threatens America’s Water

After witnessing BP’s devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some industry analysts are suggesting that domestic natural gas is a good onshore alternative. But the damage that a rapid expansion of the industry could do to America’s water could be our next energy disaster. Even before the oil spill, drillers had begun using a potentially harmful method for extracting natural gas known as “hydraulic fracturing”—“fracking” for short. Advances in this technology now allow drillers to extract gas on a large scale from previously hard-to-reach rock formations — specifically from shales and “tight” (denser, less porous) rocks. The energy industry, convinced of an impending shale gas revolution, has increased its investments in natural gas and begun advertising and lobbying to sell its product. Meanwhile, small towns near gas deposits are witnessing a mad rush to drill near their communities.