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: February 24, 2017

TOP STORY

  • Cap-and-trade is facing criticism from environmental groups who say that the state’s signature climate change program is failing communities like Wilmington, where the cancer rate is twice the city’s average. (NPR)

 

CALIFORNIA 

Environmental Groups Say California’s Climate Program Has Not Helped Them
NPR | Emily Guerin

In the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles, residential streets dead end at oil refineries. Diesel trucks crawl through, carrying containers from nearby ports. Longtime resident Magali Sanchez Hall says the pollution from all that has taken a toll, right on the street where she lives. “The people that live here, the mother died of cancer,” she says, pointing to a modest one-story home. “The people that live here, three people died of cancer.”

Big Oil Capture of Calif. Politics Shatters the “Greenest State” Narrative
San Diego Free Press | Dan Bacher

In spite of California’s reputation as a “green leader,” Big Oil is the largest corporate lobby in the state and exerts enormous influence over the Governor’s Office, Legislature and regulatory agencies. As usual, the California Oil Lobby was the biggest spender in the 2015-16 legislative session, spending an amazing $36.1 million as of December 31, 2016.

California’s rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes
Phys.Org | Gillian Foulger, Jon Gluyas, & Miles Wilson

In recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone. If there is an unusual surge of earthquakes in the near future – allowing time for the rain to percolate deep into faults – California may well become an interesting laboratory to study possible connections between weather and earthquakes. Earthquakes are triggered by a tiny additional increment of stress added to a fault already loaded almost to breaking point. Many natural processes can provide this tiny increment of stress, including the movement of plate tectonics, a melting icecap, and even human activities. For example, injecting water into boreholes – either for waste disposal or to drive residual oil out of depleted reservoirs – is particularly likely to trigger earthquakes.

GlassPoint Hires Veteran Energy Leaders to Accelerate California Projects
BusinessWire

GlassPoint Solar, the leading supplier of solar for the oil and gas industry, today announced two new appointments to accelerate its projects in California. Tunde Deru joins GlassPoint as Director of Sales, Americas, and Jeffrey Kennedy as Senior Director of Project Finance. GlassPoint’s solar technology powers oilfield operations, reducing a field’s production costs and carbon emissions.

 

OPINION, REPORT, & PRESS RELEASE

California’s Wrecking The Western Electric Grid – Now 755 Mostly Native American Jobs Are At Risk
Forbes | Chuck DeVore

California is an energy policy bully. Using market share and political willpower, global warming-fearing Golden State politicians are reshaping the electric market far beyond their 39 million constituents to 46 million others living in 13 states, Western Canada and portions of Mexico.

 

NATIONAL

$9.5 million in penalties in platform blast, Gulf violations
Associated Press | Kevin McGill

An oil industry services company will pay $9.5 million in penalties for Gulf of Mexico safety violations and for pollution from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers. The penalties against Houston-based Wood Group PSN were announced Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department in Washington and U.S. attorneys in New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana, where civil and criminal cases have been playing out. The penalties followed plea agreements.

Pruitt’s Favorability Untarnished by Contentious Confirmation
Morning Consult | Jack Fitzpatrick

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is no less popular after a heated hearing, boycotted committee vote, close final confirmation vote and heavily publicized email dump, according to Morning Consult polling. In a nationwide poll, 32 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of Pruitt, while 25 percent had an unfavorable opinion. Despite vocal opposition to his nomination from Democrats, 44 percent of respondents either had no opinion of Pruitt or had not heard of him.

Billionaire Behind Dakota Access Pipeline ‘Underestimated’ the Power of Social Media
Bloomberg | Tim Loh

Billionaire Kelcy Warren, who faced months of protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, said his company followed every law and still fell into a “mess.” Warren “underestimated the power of social media” during the standoff with environmental and Native American-rights activists, he said on a call with analysts Thursday.

Kushner, Ivanka Trump Pushed to Remove Words Critical of Climate Deal From Executive Order ($)
Wall Street Journal | Amy Harder and Peter Nicholas

At the request of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his wife, Ivanka Trump, language critical of a global climate deal was struck from an executive order that Mr. Trump is planning to sign soon, according to multiple people familiar with the move.

Study Links Childhood Leukemia With Living Near Oil and Gas Development
EcoWatch | Mike Gaworecki

With the rise of new technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling, oil and gas development in the U.S. has exploded over the last 15 years. As development expands, it’s also pushing ever closer into areas where people live. It’s been estimated that today more than 15 million Americans live within one mile of oil and gas development.

Fracking produces unexpected benefits for Ohio counties
The New Political | Delaney Murray

Oil and gas drilling, a long-time staple in Ohio, has become an important revenue source for not only gas companies themselves, but also for the counties that allow drilling on their land, a new industry study found. The study from two organizations, the industry trade group Ohio Oil and Gas Association and the industry-funded Energy in Depth, showed that six Ohio counties, Belmont, Carroll, Guernsey, Harrison, Monroe and Noble, saw sharp increases in their property tax revenue since 2010.

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