Today’s Top Story:
- California’s oil regulatory agency concedes that it has allowed serious lapses in its monitoring of oil operations in the Los Angeles Basin, confirming long-standing fears of community activists who say that lax oversight puts Southern California neighborhoods at risk. A report issued Thursday by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources found “inconsistent permitting, monitoring and enforcement of well construction and operation” in the agency’s Cypress office. (Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, Reuters)
Oil well oversight in L.A. Basin is ‘inconsistent,’ audit finds
Los Angeles Times
California’s oil regulatory agency concedes that it has allowed serious lapses in its monitoring of oil operations in the Los Angeles Basin, confirming long-standing fears of community activists who say that lax oversight puts Southern California neighborhoods at risk.
California oil regulators acknowledge oversight failings
The Associated Press
Oil and gas regulators in and around Los Angeles routinely failed to carry out much of the oversight required to keep federally protected drinking-water aquifers from oilfield contamination, an internal review by those state regulators concluded Thursday.
California oversight of oil well injection sites inadequate: state review
California’s oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday.
Oil regulators release improvement plan for agency ($)
California oil and gas officials released an assessment yesterday of the regulatory flaws that led to oil wastewater being injected into drinkable aquifers for decades.
California Officials Acknowledge Lax Oil, Gas Oversight, Submit Overhaul Plan
Natural Gas Intelligence
Acknowledging insufficient oversight of the oil and natural gas industry in the past, California energy officials on Thursday released a “renewal plan” for regulatory efforts along with a state legislative-mandated report (SB 855) detailing shortcomings of past efforts, which are concentrated in the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Gov. Jerry Brown overhauls oil pipeline laws after Santa Barbara spill
Los Angeles Times
Just months after a pipeline rupture dumped 20,000 gallons of oil into the ocean near Santa Barbara, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a package of bills aimed at preventing and better responding to future spills.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs oil pipeline safety bills
Pacific Business Times
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Oct. 8 that requires the California Fire Marshall to review oil pipeline conditions every year, not every five years as required by more lax federal regulations. Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline performed an inspection of its Line 901 about two weeks before May 19’s Refugio oil spill. But it was too little, too late.
California Report Finds ‘Systemic Problems’ in Oversight of L.A.-area Oil Wells
Center for Biologicial Diversity
California oil regulators today released a report that found “systemic problems” in the state’s regulation of oil industry underground injection in the Los Angeles area. The report admits that oil companies have been allowed to drill wells and begin injecting fluid underground before any assessment of contamination risks to underground water supplies in and around America’s second-largest city.
Pa. gas extraction linked to pre-term birth — study ($)
Pregnant women living near Pennsylvania gas wells are more likely to have a pre-term birth, but it’s not clear what factors are influencing that risk, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Johns Hopkins study links fracking and premature births
New research from Johns Hopkins University suggests pregnant women living near fracking wells in Pennsylvania are more likely to give birth prematurely or have high risk pregnancies.
Interest groups appeal to Congress on oil exports
Activists on both sides of the crude oil export ban are making their final pitches to lawmakers before the House votes on lifting the restriction later this week.
Wolf signs bill pushing mine water to fracking
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Thursday a bill that could clear the way for more oil and gas companies to use treated mine water for fracking.