California to Experiment with Fracking Regulation

Dave Garcia, who has led the fight against fracking in Butte County, poses near a gas-well pump in the nearby Sutter Buttes, where many wells have undergone hydraulic fracturing.
Dave Garcia, who has led the fight against fracking in Butte County, poses near a gas-well pump in the nearby Sutter Buttes, where many wells have undergone hydraulic fracturing.

by Leslie Layton

CHICO –On a recent summer morning, Dave Garcia, the political chair of the Sierra Club’s Northern California Yahi chapter, occasionally interrupted a tour of gas wells in the Sutter Buttes to point out signs of wildlife: a scampering cottontail rabbit, a vigilant red-tailed hawk or whizzing western kingbirds.

Garcia had brought a pair of journalists here to witness fracking in the Northern Sacramento Valley, something that most Northern Californians probably have no idea is underway in this area. The well sites appear almost deserted—there are no gas flares, no trucks moving huge tanks of water, no towering pump jacks. In fact, rarely were people even seen at these electronically monitored stations.

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