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: October 17, 2014

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Monterey County’s moratorium on new federal oil and gas leases will remain in place for another two years until the Bureau of Land Management finishes its environmental review of the impacts of oil production in the area. The BLM commissioned the report after a federal court ruled that it had been illegally selling oil leases without conducting the necessary environmental reviews. (Monterey Herald)

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Oil leases off in Monterey and San Benito counties until 2016, feds say
Monterey Herald
A moratorium on new federal oil and gas leases in Monterey County will remain in place for another two years, according to court filings in an ongoing federal lawsuit. A federal review of the environmental impacts of oil production, including hydraulic fracturing, will take until October 2016, the Bureau of Land Management said in court papers

Expensive fight over anti-fracking Measure P in Santa Barbara County
KCBX
The latest campaign finance figures from the California Secretary of State’s office and the Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder show the battle over fracking is a costly one on the Central Coast. And, the contributors footing most of the bill are big oil companies.

GE Unit Lead-Arranges $200 Million Senior Debt Facility in One of the Largest Producing Oil Fields in the US
Market Watch
GE Energy Financial Services has arranged a senior secured revolving credit facility for All American Oil & Gas, Inc. to refinance debt and fund reserve development in the Bakersfield, California, Kern River Oil Field.

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Last Day of California Voter Registration

October 20th is the last day for voter registration in California. Register to vote online, at your county elections office, or at the DMV! Read more.

End of Comment Period on SB4 Revisions

October 24th is the last day to comment on DOGGR's recently released 2nd revision to the SB4 regulations. Read more.

Statewide General Election Voting

Including hotly contested fracking bans, Measure P in Santa Barbara and Measure J in San Benito. Read more.

Public Workshop on San Luis Obispo County Rail Spur Project

SLO County will hold a public workshop on the proposed Phillips 66 rail spur project Read more.