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: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today’s Top Stories:

A majority of Californians (54%) oppose the increased use of fracking, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. KQED

California News

Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians
KQED
Drought has moved to the top of the list in the latest survey of Californians’ environmental worries. In a statewide poll conducted during the second week of July, more than a third of respondents (35 percent) cited water supply and drought as “the most important environmental issue facing California today.” That more than doubled the second most popular response, which was air pollution.

California regulators visit Salinas to pitch draft fracking rules, county pushes back.
Monterey County Weekly
Add it to the list along with politics and religion: Fracking, and how to regulate it, is perhaps too divisive a subject for polite dinner conversation.

Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains
KQED Science
The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing regulations that would make trains carrying oil safer. There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year, and last July, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation exploded in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.

Petroleum Trade Group Challenges Ban on Fracking in Southern California City
Bloomberg BNA
An ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas activities both in and around Compton, Calif., is unconstitutional and preempted by state law, a trade association representing petroleum companies alleged in a lawsuit (W. States Petroleum Ass’n v. City of Compton, Cal. Super. Ct., No. BC552272, 7/21/14).

Californians oppose increased fracking
Central Valley Business Times
As debates continue over drilling for oil and natural gas using the technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at least half of California adults (54 percent oppose, 36 percent favor) and likely voters (50 percent oppose, 40 percent favor) oppose this method of extraction, according to a new statewide poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

State regulators will discuss regulations on oil well stimulation operations
Kern Golden Empire
State regulators are in Bakersfield today to discuss revised regulations on oilwell stimulation operations in Kern County, including the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.  Those rules were first imposed after passage of SB-4 last November, the state’s first effort to impose stricter regulations on fracking.

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SPE Forum: Low Carbon Intensity Processes for Low-Mobility Oil Recovery

As high-carbon intensity drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and cyclic steam injection proliferate across California and the country, this SPE forum seeks to discuss potential alternatives that would allow for low-mobility oil recovery with reduced impact on our climate. Read more.

Bakersfield - State Water Board Meeting to Develop Groundwater Monitoring Model Criteria for Oil and Gas Areas

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is hosting a public meeting to develop a model criteria for groundwater monitoring related to SB4. Read more.

American Chemical Society 248th National Meeting and Exposition | Evolving Science and Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

The American Chemical Society's (ACS) Division of Environmental Chemistry is sponsoring a symposium on the Evolving Science and Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing at the ACS National Meeting and Exposition. Read more.

SPE Workshop: Improved and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Offshore Environments

This SPE workshop centers on the drive to achieve reduced costs and improved strategic management of offshore enhanced oil recovery operations. Topics include subsurface challenges, integrated modeling, and improvements to facilities/wells, among others. Read more.