Fracking in California
In the last decade, oil companies have turned their attention to the Monterey Shale formation and are using fracking and other increasingly extreme measures to access California's remaining oil and gas reserves.   Read more.
Technology
In order to extract California's remaining fossil fuel reserves, the oil industry is experimenting with a number of new techniques that rely on proppants, corrosive acids and other potentially lethal chemicals.   Read more.
Health
Fracking uses hundreds of chemicals, including endocrine disrupters and hydrofluoric acid, many of which can have serious negative health effects, including infertility, birth defects and cancer.   Read more.
Safety
Accidents that occur during the transport of crude oil and the dangerous chemicals used in fracking are just one of many threats to the safety of workers and nearby communities.   Read more.
Economy
Recent analysis of oil industry data reveals that projections of oil production in the Monterey Shale formation are highly overstated. The data raises questions about whether increased oil production will create jobs or help California's economy.   Read more.
Water
California oil fields generate far more wastewater than oil and gas. This wastewater can be dangerous, as it often contains toxins, high salt content and traces of radioactive material.   Read more.
Seismology
There is extensive research showing that the injection of large volumes of fluid deep into the earth the can destabilize fault lines and trigger man-made earthquakes.   Read more.
Climate
California's remaining oil reserves contain some of the heaviest, most carbon intensive oil on the planet. Producing and refining this oil is expected to dramatically increase California's carbon emissions.   Read more.
Food
The Monterey Shale formation lies directly beneath some of California's most productive farmland and critical water sources. Extracting oil from this formation carries serious risks for soil and water contamination.   Read more.

Fracking Press Clips: October 23, 2014

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Two studies released separately Wednesday shone an unfavorable light on fracking. One claims oil companies are skirting a ban on underground diesel injections and the other says minority neighborhoods could be affected by expansion of the controversial technique. Although neither study alleged illegal activity or actual harm as a result of the widely used well stimulation process, the studies may add momentum to a campaign to place a statewide moratorium on the practice. (Bakersfield Californian)

California News 

New reports target fracking
Bakersfield Californian
A pair of studies released separately Wednesday shone an unfavorable light on fracking, with one claiming oil companies are skirting a ban on underground diesel injections and the other saying minority neighborhoods in areas including Kern County could be affected by expansion of the controversial technique.

‘Fracking’ fight heats up ballot in Santa Barbara
KPCC
Environmentalists and the oil industry will be keeping a close eye on a ballot measure in Santa Barbara County this November.

Exclusive: California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail
Reuters
Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state’s isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation’s shale oil boom.

Sacramento crude oil transfers halted; air quality official says permit was granted in error
Sacramento Bee
A Sacramento fuel distributor has agreed to stop unloading train shipments of crude oil at McClellan Business Park after the county’s top air quality official said his agency mistakenly skirted the state’s environmental rules by issuing a permit for the operation.

1 out of 3 People in Los Angeles Lives Within a Mile of an Oil Well
Take Part
Forget those iconic palm trees. Oil rigs have become just as much a part of the Los Angeles landscape as the towering trees that line the city’s sun-drenched boulevards.Los Angeles County is home to 6,065 oil and gas wells, and one in three Angelenos lives within a mile of a drilling rig, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council released Wednesday.

California’s Energy Outlook Mixed, Say Industry, Legislators
Natural Gas Intelligence
With carbon emissions and well stimulation now regulated by the state, and with new water rules and energy taxes possible next year, oil and natural gas industry representatives expressed mixed feelings Tuesday about the future of their business at Oil an Gas Awards’ West Coast Energy Summit in Bakersfield, CA.

Oxy subsidiary posts 20 percent earnings drop despite record California oil production
Bakersfield Californian
Despite record oil production, Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s California subsidiary on Wednesday posted a 20 percent third-quarter earnings drop attributed to higher energy costs.

Opinion/Blog/Press Release

New Project Highlights Human Toll of Fracking in CA
CEL Climate Lab
Today, Citizen Engagement Lab’s (CEL) Climate Lab, in partnership with leading online environmental publication Grist, launched Faces of Fracking — a deep journalistic investigation into the impact of fracking on the people and places of California.

National News

Loophole Allows Many Dangerous Chemicals In Fracking Fluids To Go Undisclosed: Report
Huffington Post
When it comes to environmental pollutants, sometimes what’s legal is what’s most worrying. That’s the conclusion of a new report on a major loophole in the regulations governing hydraulic fracturing.

Fracking Companies Using Toxic Benzene in Drilling: Group
Bloomberg
Some oil and gas drillers are using benzene, which can cause cancer, in the mix of water and chemicals they shoot underground to free trapped hydrocarbons from shale rock, an environmental watchdog group said today.

Drilling’s worker safety record bodes ill for public health ($)
E&E News
Worker safety is perhaps the only place where the oil and gas industry’s safety record can be lined up next to other industries and compared.

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm
Climate Progress
Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”

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End of Comment Period on SB4 Revisions

October 24th is the last day to comment on DOGGR's recently released 2nd revision to the SB4 regulations. Read more.

Statewide General Election Voting

Including hotly contested fracking bans, Measure P in Santa Barbara and Measure J in San Benito. Read more.

Public Workshop on San Luis Obispo County Rail Spur Project

SLO County will hold a public workshop on the proposed Phillips 66 rail spur project Read more.

Public Hearing on Drinking Water Policy

The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a Public Hearing in Sacramento regarding Sources of Drinking Water Policy. Read more.