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: November 21, 2014

Today’s Top Story:

  • On TuesdayThe Los Angeles City Department of City Planning Office of Zoning Administration is hosting a public hearing for Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas’s proposed plan to expand drilling at 1349-1375 West Jefferson Boulevard.

National News

Ill. judge weighs request for injunction to halt fracking rules ($)
E&E News
An Illinois circuit court judge is expected to rule by Friday on a request by opponents of hydraulic fracturing to block rules filed with the state last week that pave the way for oil and gas companies to seek drilling permits.

Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
Columbus Dispatch
As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells.

Fracking waste lawsuit waged
Coshocton Tribune
A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Franklin County court claims Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources illegally approved 23 fracking waste facilities, including one in Coshocton County and three in Muskingum County.

Oil and Gas Task Force grapples with local control
The Coloradoan
With environmental groups rallying outside Thursday, the governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force grappled with matters of local control that sparked controversy in multiple Northern Colorado communities this year, including Fort Collins.

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Public Hearing on Freeport-McMoRan proposed drilling plan

The LA City Department of City Planning Office of Zoning Administration is hosting a public hearing for Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas's proposed plan to expand drilling at 1349-1375 West Jefferson Boulevard. Read more.

State Water Resources Control Board Public Meeting

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is hosting a public meeting regarding the development of model criteria for groundwater monitoring related to oil and gas well stimulation treatments, as specified in Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, Statutes of 2013). 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.