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Two studies released separately Wednesday shone an unfavorable light on fracking. One claims oil companies are skirting a ban on underground diesel injections and the other says minority neighborhoods could be affected by expansion of the controversial technique. Although neither study alleged illegal activity or actual harm as a result of the widely used well stimulation process, the studies may add momentum to a campaign to place a statewide moratorium on the practice. (Bakersfield Californian)
New reports target fracking
A pair of studies released separately Wednesday shone an unfavorable light on fracking, with one claiming oil companies are skirting a ban on underground diesel injections and the other saying minority neighborhoods in areas including Kern County could be affected by expansion of the controversial technique.
‘Fracking’ fight heats up ballot in Santa Barbara
Environmentalists and the oil industry will be keeping a close eye on a ballot measure in Santa Barbara County this November.
Exclusive: California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail
Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state’s isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation’s shale oil boom.
Sacramento crude oil transfers halted; air quality official says permit was granted in error
A Sacramento fuel distributor has agreed to stop unloading train shipments of crude oil at McClellan Business Park after the county’s top air quality official said his agency mistakenly skirted the state’s environmental rules by issuing a permit for the operation.
1 out of 3 People in Los Angeles Lives Within a Mile of an Oil Well
Forget those iconic palm trees. Oil rigs have become just as much a part of the Los Angeles landscape as the towering trees that line the city’s sun-drenched boulevards.Los Angeles County is home to 6,065 oil and gas wells, and one in three Angelenos lives within a mile of a drilling rig, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council released Wednesday.
California’s Energy Outlook Mixed, Say Industry, Legislators
Natural Gas Intelligence
With carbon emissions and well stimulation now regulated by the state, and with new water rules and energy taxes possible next year, oil and natural gas industry representatives expressed mixed feelings Tuesday about the future of their business at Oil an Gas Awards’ West Coast Energy Summit in Bakersfield, CA.
Oxy subsidiary posts 20 percent earnings drop despite record California oil production
Despite record oil production, Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s California subsidiary on Wednesday posted a 20 percent third-quarter earnings drop attributed to higher energy costs.
New Project Highlights Human Toll of Fracking in CA
CEL Climate Lab
Today, Citizen Engagement Lab’s (CEL) Climate Lab, in partnership with leading online environmental publication Grist, launched Faces of Fracking — a deep journalistic investigation into the impact of fracking on the people and places of California.
Loophole Allows Many Dangerous Chemicals In Fracking Fluids To Go Undisclosed: Report
When it comes to environmental pollutants, sometimes what’s legal is what’s most worrying. That’s the conclusion of a new report on a major loophole in the regulations governing hydraulic fracturing.
Fracking Companies Using Toxic Benzene in Drilling: Group
Some oil and gas drillers are using benzene, which can cause cancer, in the mix of water and chemicals they shoot underground to free trapped hydrocarbons from shale rock, an environmental watchdog group said today.
Drilling’s worker safety record bodes ill for public health ($)
Worker safety is perhaps the only place where the oil and gas industry’s safety record can be lined up next to other industries and compared.
Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm
Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”
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