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: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today’s Top Stories:

  • Today, Caltrans will be holding a public workshop in Los Angeles where they will receive comments on  a draft of the California Freight Mobility Plan. The workshop, one of several throughout the state, comes at a time when shipments of explosive crude oil by rail  have skyrocketed, and regulators are seeking public input on how to protect communities from these ‘bomb trains.’

  • Public comment hearings on the proposed SB 4 regulations continue tomorrow in Bakersfield and Salinas.

California News

Is fracking waste tainting Central Valley aquifers?
KCRW
California regulators have ordered seven companies to stop injecting wastewater from fracking operations into underground aquifers in Kern County out of concern they could be contaminating drinking water.

Opinion / Blog/Press Release

Video: Brea Fracking Forum
Youtube
An informal conversation with experts:
Dr. Tom Williams, PhD in Geology and Zoology, UCBerkeley
Hollin Kretzmann, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
Alex Nagy, Southern California Organizer, Food & Water Watch

Measure P Preserves and Protects
The Santa Barbara Independent
Measure P bans specific, risky oil extraction techniques — fracking, acidizing, and steam injection — in Santa Barbara County used in new projects. I volunteered on this important initiative because I grew up in Lompoc where test wells may be drilled through the aquifer by Freeport McMoran, which has a terrible environmental record. I am raising my family in Carpinteria, a beautiful beach town that needs to be preserved and protected, not fracked and acidized.

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Caltrans Public Workshop - San Bernadino

Public workshop on the future of freight in California, including oil-by-rail shipments. Read more.

Bakersfield - DOGGR Public Comment Hearing on Revised Fracking Regulations

Public hearing on well stimulation regulations resulting from SB4. Read more.

Salinas - DOGGR Public Comment Hearing on Revised Fracking Regulations

Public hearing on well stimulation regulations resulting from SB4. Read more.

Caltrans Public Workshop - San Diego

Public workshop on the future of freight in California, including oil-by-rail shipments. Read more.