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: May 22, 2015

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Clean up continues along the coast of Santa Barbara as crews work to contain and clean up the 9-mile oil slick. Yesterday, environmental groups gathered to protest oil production and fracking in California. The rally drew a crowd of over 150 people and highlighted Plains Pipeline’s record of spills and penalties as evidence that drilling threatens the California coast. (Reuters, Huffington Post)

California News

Environmentalists Seize on Latest Santa Barbara Oil Spill
Associated Press
The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area’s catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

California oil spill ignites array of protests against industry
Reuters
This week’s oil spill in California has become a springboard for environmental groups to attack the oil industry, with calls ranging from a ban on fracking in the Golden State to a halt to drilling in the far-flung Arctic.

Pipeline rupture a warning of spills to come?
CNN
For those who know something about our nation’s environmental laws, images of oil on the Santa Barbara coastline evoke a painful, if iconic, memory — for Tuesday’s spill is not the first to degrade that idyllic locale.

The company responsible for the Santa Barbara oil spill can’t stop polluting California
Fusion
A pipeline in Santa Barbara has now leaked an estimated 105,000 gallons of crude since rupturing Tuesday, causing an oil slick 9 miles long off California’s coast.

Santa Barbara oil spill: Crude flowed ‘well below’ capacity in ruptured pipe
CNN
The onshore pipeline behind this week’s Santa Barbara oil spill was operating “well below its maximum operating capacity” when it ruptured and leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude on coastal lands and into the ocean, the oil company said Thursday.

More than 700 workers to help with California oil spill cleanup
Los Angeles Times
The number of workers cleaning the coastline after the Santa Barbara County oil spill is expected to swell to more than 700 Friday as the response continues to ramp up, officials said.

California crews struggle to contain nine-mile oil spill with booms
Reuters
A fleet of 18 vessels is battling to contain an oil slick stretching nine miles along the California coast as rescuers on land try to save seals, birds and other wildlife trapped in the black goo.

Santa Barbara Spill Revives Outcry Against Coastal Drilling
Huffington Post
In Santa Barbara, California, a major oil spill has shut down beaches just ahead of Memorial Day weekend, with as much as 105,000 gallons of oil spilled in a coastal area near Refugio State Beach.

The California Oil Spill Is Even Worse Than We Thought
Climate Progress
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in California on Wednesday, after oil spill estimates soared from 21,000 gallons to more than 105,000 gallons.

California Oil Spill: Biologists Eyeing Extent of Damage to Waters, Wildlife
NBC News
Two days after a ruptured oil pipeline spewed crude into the waters off of California — tainting 9 miles of ocean teeming with coastal creatures — environmentalists are scrambling to assess how mucked up the ecosystem is.

Opinion/Blog/Press Release

When You Drill, You Spill
Huffington Post
While the damage from the oil pipeline rupture on the California coastline is still unfolding, already its toll is daunting. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County.

National News

Senate Dems call for pipeline, hazmat regulator
The Hill
Ten Senate Democrats implored President Obama Thursday to nominate a new head for the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA), which has not had a leader in seven months.

Oklahoma Senate passes bill preventing local fracking bans
Associated Press
Oklahoma cities and counties would be unable to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process also known as fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill heading to the governor’s desk.

Denton, Texas, banned fracking last year – then the frackers fought back
The Guardian
The framed newspaper article in Adam Briggle’s office with the headline “Fracking banned” is from last November. It already reads like ancient history.

Carson Planning Commission Hearing

The Carson planning commission will hold a hearing on June 9, 2015 at 6:30pm on the citywide oil code update. Read more.