Pass SB 5145 to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in Washington

Fracking consumes a great deal of fresh water, and reliable reports, including those from the EPA (2015), conclude that fracking operations are sometimes associated with surface and water ground water contamination. Water purity is important in this state for domestic, agricultural, and natural benefits, and we have none to sacrifice. Not all fracking operations damage water sources, but it may not be possible to reliably evaluate the risk of a specific operation. While no recent studies are conclusive, the uncertainty and risk indicates that a prohibition is prudent at this time.

Very little gas or oil production has occurred in WA state, and none is anticipated in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, the League believes this bill will ensure that if the time comes for extraction, we can authorize this process with all due caution, but not before. We also believe this will encourage our state to continue leading toward reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

The League has long-standing values to protect surface water, groundwater, and drinking water through responsible and responsive management of our natural resources to assure current and future availability. We believe SB 5145 supports those values. 


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