Following the 2013 Goldman Prize tour, Prize recipient Jonathan Deal spent several weeks touring around the United States to gather first-hand information about fracking from industry consultants, politicians, scientists and local citizens from communities where fracking is prevalent.Deal concluded his tour with a visit to the California State Senate in Sacramento, where he was formally introduced and had the opportunity to deliver a written appeal asking the California Senate to fully consider the negative effects of fracking.Reflecting on the experiences from his US travels, Deal stated, “fracking carries with it significant environmental risk, far-reaching secondary costs to tax payers, and locks economies - both developing and developed - into a further dependence on fossil fuels.”He also added, “Fracking firmly delays the emergence of renewable technologies.”While in Sacramento, Deal met one on one with Senator Fran Pavely, who stated, “Jonathan Deal is living proof that