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: January 22, 2015

Today’s Top Story:

  • Although oil and gas company Freeport-McMoRan has abandoned plans to expand drilling at its Jefferson site in South LA, nearby residents remain uneasy about the health and safety impacts of the existing drilling operations. (KPCC)

California News

South LA oil field scraps effort to expand drilling, but neighbors remain uneasy
KPCC 
An e-mail from the oil company Freeport MacMoRan that it would scrap its application for permission from the City of Los Angeles to expand drilling operations at a production facility surrounded by homes in the Jefferson Park neighborhood was terse.

Caltrans: Past policy may contribute to groundwater contamination
ChicoER 
Caltrans has drilled thousands of undocumented wells during the past 20 years that could be contributing to groundwater contamination throughout California.

National News

Scrapped drilling ban leaves open window for local rules ($)
E&E News
The fight over local control of oil and gas development in New Mexico isn’t over yet. Though a federal court this week summarily struck down a county’s ban on drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the ruling leaves room for less restrictive local rules and fails to spell out exactly how far those rules can go.

Montana oil spill renews worry over safety of old pipelines
Associated Press
A second large oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network.

Pipeline Tycoon Kinder Expands Into Bakken With $3 Billion Deal
Bloomberg
Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) has agreed to pay about $3 billion, including debt, to buy a pipeline network from oil billionaire Harold Hamm that will give the company a foothold in the Bakken shale formation.

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Public Workshop on Potential Impacts of Well Stimulation

CalEPA and OEHHA is hosting a public workshop in Bakersfield for input on an independent study of the potential environmental and health impacts of well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in California. Read more.

Public Hearing for Comment on SB 4 EIR - Ventura

The Department of Conservation is hosting a public meeting in Ventura to receive verbal and written comments on the Draft EIR from the public as required under SB 4. Read more.

Public Hearing for Comment on SB 4 EIR – Los Angeles

The Department of Conservation is hosting a public meeting in Los Angeles to receive verbal and written comments on the Draft EIR from the public as required under SB 4. Read more.

Public Hearing for Comment on SB 4 EIR – Oakland

The Department of Conservation is hosting a public meeting in Oakland to receive verbal and written comments on the Draft EIR from the public as required under SB 4. Read more.