What you need to know
Some companies are fracking (getting oil from oily rocks by shooting water with chemicals in it at the rock) and this wastes a lot of precious water that is needed so much. People are worried that the chemicals used in tracking are not as contained as they are said to be. They are worried that the chemicals are leaking into California's water sources and contaminating them. The chemicals being used include methanol, benzene, naphthalene, and trimethylbenzene. About 20% of the chemicals could cause cancer. Fracking also exposes people to lead, arsenic, and radio activity that come up when the chemicals are brought out of the earth. We are already short of so much water we really do not need to waist any more. The government is working to fix this.
Farmers are complaining that they are not getting enough water for their plants. This is because of fracking. Fracking is wasting perfect water and polluting more water through underground.