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 21, 2014

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Measure P, a local ballot initiative that would prohibit some forms of oil extraction in Santa Barbara County, is one of the most expensive local ballot initiatives in California history.  In total, energy companies have poured $7.6 million into the campaign against Measure P. Supporters have raised about $300,000. (Washington Post)

California News

Santa Barbara fracking ban proposal draws millions in oil and gas industry spending spending
Washington Post
A local ballot initiative in Santa Barbara that would prohibit some forms of energy extraction, including hydraulic fracturing, has attracted the attention of the oil and gas industry — making it one of the most expensive local ballot initiatives in history.

Measure P Pits Environmentalists Against Oil Industry
KEYT
On the November ballot Measure P is an ordinance prohibiting certain petroleum operations. It asks voters whether Santa Barbara County should amend its Comprehensive Plan and County Code–to prohibit equipment supporting certain petroleum operations.

La Habra Heights group racing to place oil drilling, fracking ban on March 3 ballot
Whittier Daily News
As an anti-oil group races against time to place an initiative, which would ban new oil wells and fracking, on the March 3 City Council ballot, the City Council has taken steps to help speed up the process.

Refiners grapple with crude by rail’s reputation ($)
E&E News
Tom Frantz, president of the Association of Irritated Residents, is irritated. The 64-year-old retired schoolteacher lives on a farm in Kern County, Calif., near where Alon USA Energy Inc. plans to restart a mothballed refinery with cheap domestic crude shipped by rail.

Berkeley Earthquake Expert Links Fracking To Quakes On The ‘Tectonic Timebomb’
CBS San Francisco
As the Bay Area marked the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake on Friday, there was no shortage of reminders of the power of Mother Nature and the promise of other big quakes to come.

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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.

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.