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: March 2, 2015

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Tomorrow, voters in two Los Angeles County cities, Hermosa Beach and La Habra Heights, will step into the contentious debate over where and how California should drill for oil when they consider ballot measures that would alter local restrictions. (Los Angeles TimesNew York TimesKPCC)

California News

California Beach Community Prepares for High-Stakes Vote on Oil Drilling
New York Times
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. — This quaint and quirky seaside community south of Los Angeles has had a conflicted relationship with the oil industry for close to a century. It has variously approved oil drilling, banned it, approved it and prohibited it again.

Oil drilling, taxes, zoning will appear on Southland cities’ ballots
Los Angeles Times
Voters in two Los Angeles County cities will step into the contentious debate over where and how the nation should drill for oil when they consider ballot measures on Tuesday that would alter local restrictions.

Election 2015: Hermosa Beach Measure O would OK oil drilling in Santa Monica Bay
KPCC
Hermosa Beach voters are being asked to greenlight new oil drilling or pay a penalty to settle a legal fight stretching decades long, a cautionary tale about the high stakes for land use in California cities, particularly when oil companies get involved.

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California Methane Symposium

This symposium will provide a scientific assessment of methane pollution in Southern California and strategies to address emissions. Read more.

The Health Harms of Fracking Webinar

This session will focus on the latest research and findings in the field about health impacts of fracking. Read more.

Hammer Panel: Fracking and our Water

The Hammer Museum and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explore the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the quality and quantity of the nation’s water. Read more.