Fracking Educating Spreads to All of North County: Update

See the update at the bottom of Page 2 on Saturday's well-attended fracking forum in Brea and details on an upcoming event involving seven North County cities.

Photo by flickr user Maryland Sierra Club
Fracking has drawn opposition all over the country including, as shown here, Maryland.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 8:33 A.M.: It's doubtful anyone from Linn Energy, the major leaseholder in the Brea-Olinda Oil Field, will swing by but organizers say they are presenting a first-ever presentation educating Brea residents on fracking Saturday night.

Fracking on the Fringes of Orange County, With Little Oversight

Yes, the city of Brea did hold an informational meeting of its own recently after residents expressed alarm over fracking wells popping up next to their homes and schools. But Mayor Brett Murdock let Linn Energy give the fracturing presentation without allowing the community to ask questions, according to Alexandra Nagy a Food & Water Watch organizer.

"Brea residents are concerned the Brea City Council's priorities are more closely aligned with protecting Linn Energy than safeguarding community health and safety," she writes in an email.

Hydraulic fracking involves drilling into the earth to inject highly pressurized water to release natural gas. Polluted drinking water has resulted from some fracking operations, particularly in Pennsylvania. Nagy and others in Brea believe they should be able to raise question about fracking operations to ensure North County does not suffer a similar polluted fate.

And so, she is sitting on the panel along with Tom Williams, a UC Bekeley petroleum engineer, and Hollin Kretzmann, a Center for Biological Diversity attorney. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brea Congregational Church, 300 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea.

The church, Food & Water Watch, North Orange County Citizens Climate Lobby, Citizens for "Stop Fracking Brea" and Orange County Against Fracking sponsor the forum. Learn more at and/or check out the flier on the next page ...

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