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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 25, 2015

Today’s Top Story: 

  • A massive natural gas leak in Southern California won’t be accounted for under California’s current greenhouse gas regulations, Air Resources Board officials said. While ARB has a statewide cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions, it doesn’t cover “fugitive,” or unintended, emissions. The Porter Ranch leak at a Southern California Gas Co. natural gas storage facility has been emitting methane into the air for more than a month, amounting to 800,000 metric tons of global warming pollutants to the atmosphere. The leak is twice as large as normal, compared with expected leaks from all oil and gas production and transport in the state over the same time period. (E&E News)


Huge Southern Calif. methane leak not covered by climate regulations ($)
E&E News
A massive natural gas leak in Southern California won’t be accounted for under California’s current greenhouse gas regulations, officials said. The leak, which occurred Oct. 23 at a Southern California Gas Co. natural gas storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, has been emitting methane into the air for more than a month. Methane — the chief component of natural gas — is a powerful contributor to short-term global warming, at up to 72 times the potency of carbon dioxide.

Utility Plans to Mask Awful Odor From Uncontrolled Gas Leak
Associated Press
A utility trying to stop a monthlong leak at a massive natural gas storage facility near a Los Angeles neighborhood said it planned to use a mist to mask the sickening stench as work continues — possibly for three more months — to plug the well.

660 Complaints Filed by Porter Ranch residents over ongoing leak at SoCalGas plant
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held a meeting to discuss an ongoing gas leak in Porter Ranch on Tuesday following complaints from dozens of residents. The meeting was held in downtown Los Angeles where the South Coast Air Quality Management District reported they received a total of 660 complaints about the month-long stench.

Chemical Leak at Livermore Oil Field May Have Contaminated Some Alameda County Water Supplies
NBC Bay Area
A hazardous chemical leak at an oil field in Livermore may have contaminated an underground aquifer used for drinking water, according to inspection reports obtained by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. E&B Natural Resources, which operates the oil field, failed to quickly notify state and local regulators of the leak, despite legal obligations to report it immediately.

Opinion/Press Release

Ahead of Paris Talks, Huge Gas Leak in California Puts Spotlight on Gov. Brown’s Climate Rhetoric
As California Governor Jerry Brown prepares to take the international stage in Paris to address global climate change, a crisis is unfolding before our eyes. The latest disaster from California’s dirty oil and gas industry under Governor Brown’s watch comes courtesy of Sempra Energy subsidiary SoCalGas.

Class action lawsuit filed against Southern California gas company on behalf of Porter Ranch homeowners affected by the gas leak
Your Oil & Gas News
A class action suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of William Gandsey, and all other residents of Porter Ranch, against Southern California Gas Company and its parent company Sempra Energy, resulting from the ongoing and uncontrolled natural gas leak at Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility located immediately adjacent to the Porter Ranch community.


From North Dakota to Paris With Love
Kandi Mossett plans to accompany an extraordinarily influential lobbyist to the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21): her 2-year-old daughter, Aiyana. Mossett hopes Aiyana’s presence will force President Barack Obama and every other head of state and government negotiator present to see with their own eyes “the people who they are making decisions for…those of us who live on the front lines of fossil fuel extraction.”