Due to intense pressure from Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron, and Occidental Petroleum, in addition to other oil companies, the California State Senate failed to pass Bill 1132. This bill would have prohibited the practice of hydraulic and acid fracturing until the government could complete a study into its impacts on environmental and human health.
So why would any senator in their right mind vote against a bill that would determine possible negative side effects of fracking? It might have something to do with the fact that senators voting “NO” or abstaining to vote on Bill 1132 received 14 times more money in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry than those choosing to vote in favor of it.
Big oil companies are like teenagers: they don’t care about the repercussions as long as they get to frack. While teenagers’ fracking might cause an itchy crotch the morning after prom, hydraulic and acid fracking has caused over 1,000 documented cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage after individuals have ingested contaminated water. Oh yeah, and in rare cases it has lead to small earthquakes.