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California Drought News: Fracking (wells), flying (birds), and pricing (water)



Red-tailed hawk near Los Banos, CA. Pilots near the Lemoore Naval Air Station say they're seeing more hawks and predator birds banging into their planes as dry weather moves their prey closer to base.
Red-tailed hawk near Los Banos, CA. Pilots near the Lemoore Naval Air Station say they're seeing more hawks and predator birds banging into their planes as dry weather moves their prey closer to base.
Jan Arendtsz

Friday's news reminds us that there are winners and losers in the drought.

“They’re skilled at marketing, skilled at hyperbole,” said Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association in Sacramento, a group that represents 550 companies and individuals in the oil industry. “We use less than a total 300 acre-feet of water a year for fracking. That’s equal to what all golf courses in California use in half a day.” (Al Jazeera America)
Three weeks ago, we had a large bird hit the nose of a fuel tank that hangs underneath the airplane and bounced off of that into the left motor and completely disintegrated on the side of the intake and then went down the engine. There was blood all over the side of the airplane.

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