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: September 15, 2014

Today’s Top Stories: 

  • A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that natural gas production near homes in a Texas subdivision contaminated residents’ well water. The discovery was made in a community where the Environmental Protection Agency halted its own investigation into possible well-water contamination in 2012. (Los Angeles Times)

  • TRC Operating Co. Inc., has filed suit against Chevron USA. TRC Operating Co. Inc., accusing the neighboring energy company of pumping the steam it says migrated underground and weakened soil where a previously unknown sinkhole appeared. The sinkhole, filled with steam, water and oil as hot as 190 degrees, swallowed 54-year old grandfather Robert David “Dave” Taylor on June 21, 2011. (Bakersfield Californian)

California News

Crude-by-rail: One federal inspector oversees all California’s railroad bridges, no state oversight
Contra Costa Times
As concerns grow over aging rail infrastructure, earthquake readiness and a dramatic increase in crude oil shipments by train, state railroad regulators are scrambling to hire their first-ever railroad bridge inspectors — two of them.

Oil companies square off over sinkhole death
Bakersfield Californian
Neighboring oil producers in Kern County’s prolific Midway-Sunset Oil Field are waging a court battle over whose steam injections may have created the sinkhole that swallowed a 54-year-old grandfather on the first day of summer 2011.

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Symposium on the Impact of Oil Extraction in North Orange County

The Symposium will feature experts in the fields of seismology, hydrogeology, air quality, and environmental geology who will speak to the potential impact of oil pumping – including fracking – on our groundwater, earthquake hazard, and water quality. Read more.

PetroLA: A Symposium

PetroLA will explore the regional impact of the production, refining and consumption of oil and gas on Southern California. Read more.

Petrochemical America Exhibit

The Pomona College Museum of Art presents the traveling exhibition Petrochemical America on view from September 2 to December 19, 2014. Read more.