On Sunday, January 26, members of the Climate Change Team at the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emerville LWVBAE), including Gail Schickele, Regina Beatus and Cynthia Lloyd will present on ?Fracking in California; Clarifying the Current Debate.? This Learning Hour, to take place at 10 am in the Large Assembly, is presented by the First Church Green Ministry Team.
"Fracking" is a short-hand term for "hydraulic fracturing", the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.
The process is considered to be effective at gaining new access to supplies of fuel that are in demand, but also controversial for a variety of reasons, including it's effects on water supply, the use of chemicals that may be dangerous and the release of carbon into the atmosphere that occurs when these fuels are used.
The presenters will share information about this process as well as the economic and political ramifications of it. Time for discussion and reflection will follow.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Note: This meeting will be preceded at 9:45 am by what will hopefully be a brief Congregational Meeting to approve the 2014 budget, also to be held in the Large Assembly.