SoCal Connected Unearths Controversial 'Fracking' Industry in Inglewood


Episode airs March 23 at 9 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA - March 21, 2012 - This week SoCal Connected correspondent Jennifer London reports on a controversial oil and gas drilling technique that has some L.A. county residents worried.  As the fourth largest producer of oil and gas in the nation, California companies, like Inglewood's Plains Exploration Production are turning to a controversial method of drilling called "fracking."  Residents are concerned that what is happening miles below the surface is splitting the very foundations of their homes. 


Then, in our continuing series exploring the emotional impact caregiving has on families, SoCal Connected profiles a family dealing with the issue of taking away the car keys from an aging parent and what that loss of freedom means for her.  



California is the fourth largest producer of oil and gas in America.  To stay competitive, many companies, like Plains Exploration and Production (PXP) in Inglewood, are using a controversial technique called Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking") to extract oil and gas trapped in rock formations deep below the surface.  The method involves pumping highly pressurized water, sand and various chemicals to shatter the rocks miles under, allowing the elements to then escape.  Oil and gas companies claim it is safe and effective, critics are uncertain.  Under current laws, the oil companies don't need permits--nor do they disclose where they are "fracking."



In our ongoing series profiling the challenges of caregiving, this segment features a family dealing with the issue of taking away the car keys from an aging parent, as well as the desperation felt by the mother's loss of her driver's license. When the mother is required to take a driving test at the age of 75, her very independence is at stake.


SoCal Connected airs Friday, March 23rd at 9 p.m. with encore airings on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Mondays at 10 p.m.


The Executive Producer of SoCal Connected is Bret Marcus. Co-Executive Producer is Justine Schmidt. Anchor is Val Zavala.


About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 15 Golden Mikes, 18 LA Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs Fridays (9:00 p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) and (6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)  and Mondays (10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit


SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; The Maddocks-Brown Foundation; The Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and UCLA.




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