Valley Voice: Fracking

Dear BLM,

I have read your Notice of Intent concerning preparing an EIS to analyze the impacts of hydraulic fracking technology on BLM-administered public land and mineral estate in the Bakersfield Field Office Planning Area which includes the Kern River Valley and its environs.

I am a resident of the Kern River Valley. My property and neighborhood is surrounded in part by these public BLM lands. There are also free flowing streams and springs within the BLM mapped areas that have been designated as potential fracking land and deposits to be exploited.

Fracking of the bed rock has been proven to damage underling water sources as well as be devastating to the land and the infrastructure of the geology of the land creating seepage of fracking liquids and causing tremors in the area that is mined.

If fracking were to occur in neighboring areas around my home and my community, my groundwater, air and my health would be at risk. I have witnessed ground water contamination happen many times around the country where fracking has occurred. Our valley has numerous active fault lines running throughout it and fracking is well documented as increasing seismic earthquakes. This could also affect the major fault line that runs through the Lake Isabella Dam site.

My public comment is one of informing Kern Valley residents and BLM that I OPPOSE:

FRACKING IN KERN RIVER VALLEY AND ITS ENVIRONS OF KELSO VALLEY DRAINAGES, ERSKINE CREEK DRAINAGES, FAY CREEK DRAINAGES, KERN CANYON DRAINAGES, BODFISH CANYON DRAINAGES, AND SQUIRREL VALLEY DRAINAGES.

NO ON FRACKING PUBLIC LANDS!

Signed,

Ellen Schafhauser
Weldon