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: August 28, 2015

Today’s Top Story: 

  • State regulators would be responsible for on-the-ground changes to oversight programs if environmental groups are successful in an effort to compel U.S. EPA to update rules for oil and gas wastewater management. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Integrity Project, Earthworks and a coalition of other groups filed notice yesterday that they intend to sue EPA for failing to review disposal rules for produced water, fracking fluid and other waste that comes from oil and gas wells. (E&E News)

California News

Climate change legislation approaches pivotal showdown with oil industry
The Guardian (Anita Chabria)
With only a few days left in the current session of the California legislature, an aggressive political and public relations fight between the oil industry and top lawmakers over climate change legislation is moving into a final round.

Opinion/Press Release

Obama Undermines His Climate Strategy With More Offshore Drilling
The Huffington Post (Miyoko Sakashita)
President Obama has made addressing climate change a higher priority than any previous president, recently unveiling new controls on power plant emissions. Yet over the past year, he’s also called for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, endangering wildlife and undermining his own greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Big Oil Spent $6.2 Million Lobbying California Officials in Year’s First Six Months
TruthOut (Dan Bacher)
The oil industry spent $6.2 million to lobby legislators and other state officials in California in the first six months of 2015, according to a report just released by the California Secretary of State’s Office.

National News

Enviro push for wastewater regs would spur state action ($)
E&E News (Ellen Gilmer)
State regulators would be responsible for on-the-ground changes to oversight programs if environmental groups are successful in an effort to compel U.S. EPA to update rules for oil and gas wastewater management.

Chemicals used for fracking may harm human development
UPI (Stephen Feller)
Researchers at the University of Missouri have called for new studies into the individual and total effects of the chemicals used in fracking on the endocrine system and human reproduction.

State says Ohio oil, natural gas production at historic high
Toledo News Now (AP)
The state Department of Natural Resources says historic amounts of oil and natural gas are being produced by Ohio shale wells. Statistics released by the department Thursday show more than 10 million barrels of oil and 405 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the second quarter of the year.

Reduced offshore share in U.S. oil and natural gas production lowers risk from hurricanes
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Hurricane-related risk to total U.S. crude oil and natural gas production has decreased over recent years as the share of total U.S. production originating in the Gulf of Mexico has declined sharply. This decline in the Gulf of Mexico’s share of production has reduced the vulnerability of U.S. crude oil and natural gas supply to hurricanes.

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Public Workshop for DOGGR's Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) will be conducting workshops for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to the regulations implementing the Division’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. Read more.

Public Workshops for DOGGR's Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) will be conducting workshops for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to the regulations implementing the Division’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. Read more.

Public Workshop for DOGGR's Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) will be conducting workshops for the purpose of receiving public input on the development of updates to the regulations implementing the Division’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. Read more.

Public Comment Hearing: Proposed Aquifer Exemption

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board is collecting public comments on a proposal to expand the current aquifer exemption designation for the Dollie sands of the Pismo formation in the Arroyo Grande oil field Read more.