Save Our Water!



Water is Butte County’s most valuable resource, with Northern California providing over 85 percent of all of California’s water needs


Frack-Free Butte County is a grassroots group of citizen-advocates and volunteers seeking to protect our good groundwater and healthy communities from the risks of hydraulic fracturing and other toxic stimulation methods used to maximize fossil fuel extraction.

Butte County hosts no oil deposits, and a very modest amount of natural gas. About 20-30 wells are currently producing gas, while some 200+ wells are inactive or plugged.

Any of these existing gas wells may be subjected to stimulation via fracking, acidizing or other technique to release natural gas trapped in pockets in a sandstone formation.

Any of these existing gas wells may be utilized for disposal of 'produced' water from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction, from wells in our outside of Butte County. 

Butte County's aquifers are at risk of contamination from risky fracking and poorly-monitored fracking waste disposal.  


Frack-Free Butte County is pursuing several avenues to fight efforts taken by the oil industry and its front groups.

We are fighting fracking in the County as well as hazardous oil trains traveling through the County and state.

The oil companies will spend millions of dollars to keep our proposed initiative off the ballot - they already succeeded in delaying the ballot initiative until June, 2016.  Now we must all pull together to counter their heavy spending by supporting the County's proposed ban. 

Here’s how you can help:

¨    Contact your County Supervisor TODAY to urge a vote on a binding ordinance against fracking as soon as possible - the Supervisors will be voting 2/10 on a ban drafted by County staff  - COME VOICE YOUR SUPPORT 9am, 25 County Center Dr. Oroville!   

-     Make a donation of $20 or more to: Frack-Free Butte County, PO Box 6395, Chico, CA 95927

¨     Volunteer at the FFBC website by clicking the Volunteer button   

¨     Write a letter to the editors of our local papers in support of  a ban on fracking and oil trains!

¨     Check out our latest news on our Facebook page and like, comment, post and share







Frack-Free Butte County’s goal continues to be to ensure Butte County’s water supply is safe, clean, and abundant and to protect the County’s agricultural legacy.

 About Frack-Free Butte County

Frack-Free Butte County is a grassroots effort to ban hydraulic fracturing and other extreme extraction technologies in Butte County, California. Frack-Free Butte County will continue its movement to ban fracking, until fracking can be proven to pose no risk to the health and safety of residents or the environment of Butte County.

Frack-Free Butte County provides information about events sponsored or recommended by Frack-Free Butte County and has opportunities for volunteers interested in being a part of our campaign. Visit For more information call 530-403-7401.

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 Dear Fellow Supporters,

The time has come for all of us to redouble our efforts to safeguard our community’s water resources. We knew it would happen at some point—the oil and gas industries would reach into their deep pockets and pull out some pricey tricks designed to foil our attempts to ban fracking in our own county. And now they have, 


The coming months are crucial to protecting our water and air, our health and safety and the food grown in Butte County that feeds people all across the country! We cannot ban fracking without your help. Frack-Free Butte County wants to be your megaphone too.

 As always Frack-Free Butte County’s main goal continues to be to ensure Butte County’s water supply is safe, clean, and abundant and to protect the County’s agricultural legacy.


The Frack-Free Butte County Team



 The New York Times covers the Frack-Free Movement in Butte County 


Top 5 Myths about Fracking and Safety

Myth #1  Fracking is environmentally safe.

According Stefan Finsterle, a leading hydrogeologist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who specializes in understanding the properties of rock layers and modeling how fluid flows through them, "You have changed the system with pressure and temperature and fracturing, so you don't know how it will behave."


Myth #2  Fracking hasn't been proven to be harmful to people.

According to studies and people working close to fracking projects, there is growing proof that the process does harm people. "A lot of people are going to get sick, and a lot of people may die," says Mario Salazar, an engineer who worked for 25 years as a technical expert with the EPA's underground injection program in Washington.


Myth #3  Fracking is needed because it creates jobs and will help the local economy.

Many jobs created by drilling are filled by company employees who relocate into the community. Very few of the drilling jobs are filled by local people, and drilling can negatively impact other parts of the local job market.


Myth #4  Fracking is better than using coal.

Since the fracking process has a high probability of creating methane, its impact on climate change is no better than coal. Both coal and fracking create significant toxic waste water, and problems ensue from it's disposal.

Myth #5  Fracking contamination stays contained.

Robert Jackson, a chemical engineer at Duke University, found methane in 115 of 141 shallow, residential drinking-water wells. The methane concentration in homes less than one mile from a fracking well was six times higher than the concentration in homes farther away.


Water Is for Growing, Not Drilling

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