Wondering what the frack fracking means? Mission Local explains.

Correction: California sits on an estimated 14 billion — with a “b” — barrels of untapped oil. Not 14 million, as reported in the video.

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  1. What the Frack? Apparently no one in the Mission knows what fracking is even though it’s one of the key issues of the day. Sadly, after this report, we still know nothing.

    To say fracking is a procedure to extract oil and gas is like saying Mission Pie is a café that serves pie.

    But not just a procedure, it’s a “controversial” procedure. Oh? What’s the controversy? Governor Brown issued regulations. Are there a tangle of environmental, political and economic interests and issues? Huh?

    This story falls well below what I’ve come to expect from Mission Local. When you do national or international stories like health care, immigration, surveillance, gentrification, you add value by bringing it home, making it real, by showing how it affects people living down the street. Or why some people are getting so worked up about it. In truth, there appears to be no reporting in this report, merely a summary from what sounds like an industry press release, or a Chronicle story (sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference). Are there gas fields under the Mission (can I lease my garden to Chevron)? How about the environmental activists in the Mission — have they nothing to say, or have they all been evicted? How does fracking affect the immigrant community? Are there tech companies, startups, etc. working on ways of alleviating the environmental hazards? By making no local connection you make it seem as if fracking has no connection to our community. Yet even the most brain dead tv news story would recognize that energy consumption, and energy production, have everything to do with the growth and sustainability of the emerging Mission of the 21st century.