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: April 27, 2015

Today’s Top Story: 

  • This afternoon, the California State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources will be hearing bills on groundwater monitoring for oil and gas (AB 356) and emissions from well stimulation treatments (AB 1501). Listen live here

California News

South LA residents march to protest neighborhood oil drilling
Intersections South L.A.
South L.A. residents protested against oil company Freeport McMoRan yesterday by marching through Jefferson Boulevard in their fight against disruptive – and potentially hazardous – drilling operations.

Capps Introduces Bill to Halt Offshore Fracking
Santa Barbara Independent
Two days after Earth Day, Representative Lois Capps spoke to reporters about her latest legislation that would temporarily halt offshore fracking pending further environmental review.

Opinion/Blog/Press Release

West Adams Neighbors Turn Out to Protest Activities at Drill Site; Studies of Environmental Impact of Unconventional Drilling Techniques Still Underway
L.A. Streetsblog
Spring is the season for oiling, it seems. Over the last month, I’ve been opening my email every morning to see anywhere between 10 and 20 notices from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) advising me that wells across the county will be drilled, reworked, subjected to routine maintenance, or completed at some point within 24 hours to 10 days.

Watchdog or lapdog of Big Oil?
San Francisco Chronicle
Jerry Brown perhaps should put his DOGGR to sleep. Not his family dog, Sutter, but DOGGR — the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources — the 100-year-old agency that’s been handing out permits for drilling in the Central Valley without records, oversight or enforcement of 21st century environmental laws.

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City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Public Hearing

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning will be holding a public hearing to discuss the expansion of the Murphy drilling site in South L.A. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain testimony from affected and/or interested persons regarding the project. Read more.

LA County Public Scoping Meeting

The Los Angeles County will conduct a public scoping meeting to soliciting comments from interested parties as to the appropriate scope and content of the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Termo drilling project in Porter Ranch. Read more.