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: November 26, 2014

Today’s Top Story:

  • Yesterday, more than 100 residents from across South Los Angeles attended a City Hall hearing to argue that an environmental impact report is necessary before the city decides whether or not to allow oil and gas company Freeport-McMoRan to drill three oil wells at its Jefferson site. Community members who oppose the drilling contend that noxious fumes, loud noises, heavy truck traffic and the corrosive acids from the project would harm the surrounding community. (Los Angeles TimesMy News LA)

California News

Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site
Los Angeles Times
Neighbors are pressing for an environmental study of oil drilling at a South Los Angeles location close to homes, arguing that the city should scrutinize fumes, noise and chemical usage before deciding whether to let the company drill wells at the site.

Public Weighs In On West Adams Oil-Drilling Site
ABC 7
City officials listened to the pros and cons of oil drilling in the West Adams District of South Los Angeles at City Hall on Tuesday. The site’s current owner, oil company Freeport-McMoRan, is seeking zoning approval to drill one new well and re-drill two old wells to extract crude oil from a field at Jefferson Boulevard and Budlong Avenue, first operated in the 1960s.

Zoning officer puts off decision on urban oil field in South Los Angeles
My News LA
A city zoning officer put off a decision on allowing a South Los Angeles oil drilling project after hearing more than two hours of testimony from dozens of residents calling for a formal environmental review of the plan.

San Benito County Supervisor Rivas: Courts will uphold Measure J
KSBW
San Benito County voters passed Measure J and the November election is over, but “Yes On J” supporters are not done campaigning.

San Jose council member urges rejection of Central California refinery’s crude-by-rail project
San Jose Mercury News
As the deadline arrived for comments to an environmental report on a Central California crude-by-rail project, a San Jose City councilman got the early jump, announcing his opposition in a news release Monday afternoon.

Opinion/Blog/Press Release

Residents Plan to Oppose Expanded Drilling at Jefferson-Budlong Site at Zoning Hearing Today
Streetsblog LA
Over the course of a lengthy conversation yesterday, Rizgar Ghazi, head of permitting at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), explained that part of the delay on the decision regarding embattled lead-acid battery recycler Exide’s petition for a formal operating permit was that Exide had to first draft an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

National News

Gov’t Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes
ProPublica
The oil boom underway in North Dakota has delivered jobs to local economies and helped bring the United States to the brink of being a net energy exporter for the first time in generations.

O’Malley says he is ready to allow ‘fracking’ in Western Maryland, with strict safeguards
Washington Post
Outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is ready to allow drilling for natural gas in Western Maryland, but only if energy companies adhere to some of the most restrictive public health and environmental safeguards in the country.

State Water Resources Control Board Public Meeting

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is hosting a public meeting regarding the development of model criteria for groundwater monitoring related to oil and gas well stimulation treatments, as specified in Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, Statutes of 2013). 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.