Today’s Top Story:
The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California after the Bureau of Land Management released an independent scientific study on well stimulation in California. The report’s authors noted that they had little time and scant information on which to base conclusions, citing widespread “data gaps” and inadequate scientific resources for a more thorough study. (Los Angeles Times)
Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume
Los Angeles Times
The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous.
Feds to Resume Leasing for Fracking in California
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.
Fracking study may allow feds to resume lucrative oil leases in Kern
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state.
Fracking may endanger groundwater in California
San Francisco Chronicle
Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday.
California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use
The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water’s source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought.