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 27, 2015

Today’s Top Story: 

  • At a House subcommittee hearing held on Thursday, both  Republicans and Democrats voiced their concerns about the Obama administration’s new regulations for fracking on public lands. Democrats argue that the rules are much weaker than what states already have in place, while Republicans allege that the government is underestimating the cost of implementing the rules. (Associated Press)

California News

Lawmakers look to clean up state’s oil regulator
E&E News
California’s agency overseeing the oil industry has fallen into chaos as state lawmakers and agency officials scramble to straighten it out after several regulatory missteps that allowed drilling in protected aquifers came to light.

Richmond: Activists seek reform of Proposition 13 for ‘fair’ taxes
San Jose Mercury News
Activists gathered outside the Chevron refinery Thursday in a call for the oil giant to pay more taxes, part of a statewide effort to reform Proposition 13.

Opinion/Blog Post

(Opinion) Richmond councilman: residents should demand clean air
San Francisco Chronicle
As host to one of the biggest petroleum refineries in California, Richmond needs its residents to remain vigilant.

National News

Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules
ABC News
Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration’s new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Recent Trends In U.S. Land Drilling Market: Re-fracking, Growing Well Inventory, Lower Rig Count
Forbes
The tight oil boom in the United States has been largely responsible for the present turmoil in the global oil markets.

Wyoming sues to stop federal fracking rule
The Hill
Wyoming’s attorney general is going to court to challenge the federal Interior Department’s right to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas.

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California Air Resources Board: Call for Research Ideas (2016-2017)

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is soliciting brief research ideas from the general public as part of the process of developing the 2016-2017 Annual Research Plan. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. 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.

Webinar: What's Energy Development Doing To Our Reproductive Health

Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP) are launching a new webinar series, "What’s Energy Development Doing To Our Reproductive Health?" The series starts on Monday, April 6th and runs through Monday, May 11th. Read more.

State Water Resources Control Board Meeting

The State Water Board will be holding two informational items on the development of model criteria for groundwater monitoring as specified in Senate Bill 4 Read more.