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: October 31, 2014

Today’s Top Story: 

  • This year, a record number of anti-fracking measures are on the ballot across the country, as eight towns and counties take their health and environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing and other forms of high-intensity oil extraction to the ballot boxes next week. (Inside Climate News)

California News

With Big Oil on the horizon, this walnut farmer has bigger problems than squirrels
Grist
Of all the things that could threaten Paul Hain’s livelihood, squirrels are near the top of the list. And then there are the oil companies. Last year, squirrels gorged themselves on 14 of Hain’s 20 acres of walnut trees. And oil companies have been eyeing his bucolic corner of California recently with a project in the works that may result in hundreds of new wells that use energy- and water-intensive production methods to coax viscous petroleum to the surface.

Opinion/Blog/Press Release

EPA’s Clean Power Plan encourages expansion of fracking
The Hill
Recently, Republican Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) began an inquiry into whether the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) had unlawful participation in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule-makings, including the proposed Clean Power Plan.

Measure P Protects Santa Barbara County’s Future
Santa Barbara Independent
As a former member of the State Fair Political Practices Commission, I saw firsthand how our politics bends under the influence of money. The problem is currently 10 times worse since the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision that shamefully discounts and ignores the influence of political spending on policy outcomes.

Guest View: Farr says Measure J is just right for San Benito’s future
Hollister Free Lance
The small population of San Benito County is at a crossroads of two futures. Measure J gives the people a choice. One future has been offered to you by local citizens who collected thousands of signatures to put Measure J on the ballot. I know the supporters of Measure J and have discussed with them their vision for a brighter future for their county which builds on their rich agricultural heritage, natural beauty and cultural history. In contrast, the oil industry is spending millions to persuade residents to embrace another, darker future.

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Statewide General Election Voting

Including hotly contested fracking bans, Measure P in Santa Barbara and Measure J in San Benito. Read more.

Public Workshop on San Luis Obispo County Rail Spur Project

SLO County will hold a public workshop on the proposed Phillips 66 rail spur project Read more.

Public Hearing on Drinking Water Policy

The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a Public Hearing in Sacramento regarding Sources of Drinking Water Policy. Read more.