“Until we have a list of the chemicals that are going into oil and gas wells and in what volumes and what are their toxicities, we’re flying blind.” —Seth Shonkoff, PSE Healthy Energy
Tom Frantz is a Central Valley farmer bringing attention to an alarming agricultural production trend in the Cawelo Water District. The drought has left farmers in the area desperate. To irrigate threatened crops, many have resorted to buying water produced in the oil drilling process.
You read that correctly.
But what happens in Cawelo doesn’t stay in Cawelo. Produce grown here is shipped across the state and the country.
“An orange is 90 percent water when it gets to the consumer,” according to Frantz. "Where did that water come from? It’s the irrigation water. If the irrigation water is toxic even at very tiny amounts, is there a tiny amount of toxicity now in the fruit? Nobody has tested that yet.”
Scott Smith, a scientist from Opflex Technologies, takes Kiran on a covert sampling adventure in the Cawelo Water District. Since there’s a lack of transparency from oil companies in their testing process, Scott’s taking it into his own hands.
Using this water to grow food raises some questions. So when Kiran discovers that wine grapes could be grown with this water, she takes action to a whole new level. Confused? Just watch the episode.