Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, while campaigning in California, says fracking is poisoning drinking water and must stop. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Making an unannounced campaign stop in California on Friday, Democratic presidential Bernie Sanders said fracking as a way to extract energy from the earth is not worth the risk to potable drinking water. "We have got to end fracking. It is just not worth the risk to poison our aquifers, at a time when we are seeing the kind of damage we are from climate change and drought," Sanders told reporters, flanked by oil drilling machinery. Instead, he promoted development in other areas of sustainable energy, including wind turbines and solar power. Fracking - which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into the ground to free oil and gas reserves from rock formations - is responsible for a boom in U.S. oil and gas production over the past decade that has slammed energy company profits and lowered costs for consumers. It has also been implicated in ground water pollution, and a rash of small earthquakes in places like Oklahoma and Ohio, raising concerns about its safety. Sanders has been appealing to California voters ahead of the state's primary election on June 7. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, is running far behind Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election.