Hayfork Cooperative’s set meeting time of the third Tuesday evening of each month has been changed for this month only due to some shenanigans—really good ones specially for St. Patrick’s Day which March 17th is! Tis a golly good time for fun and good music, maybe some leprechaun lunacy too. So the showing of the documentary Gasland II and a discussion of our current national energy policy and its potentially devastating effect on our California water and food production will take place the following Tuesday, March 24, from 7 to 9 pm, at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, in Hayfork, 7091 hwy. 3.
Come be more informed about fracking, short for high volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing, and its role in Trinity County and the world-wide global energy economy. In addition to the excellent film, many informational handouts on the dangers of fracking will be available. Fracking uses enormous amounts of water, as much as 4 million gallons per well, which is mixed with some of the most toxic chemicals. Recent revelations have shown that for years state regulators have failed to protect our groundwater from pollution and have even allowed the oil industry to inject toxic wastewater via hundreds of wells directly into clean aquifers. As we all are being reminded by the severe droughts, water is in short supply. Trinity County, a major supplier of water for the needs of the people of this state, should take action against this unnecessary, short term and misguided approach to supplying the energy demands of our modern societies.
To this end the Trinity County Progressives and Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment are researching this and encouraging our Board of Supervisors to join the 450 public entities in the USA-- including some states-- to ban fracking from its jurisdiction. Although Trinity County is under no apparent threat of being ‘fracked’ soon, we believe it is important to take a stand for the viable alternatives to greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels. We should do what we can to pass on clean water to our children and theirs. Let us educate ourselves and enlist our County Supervisors to help stop this insanity. See you Tuesday March 24th for this free event.