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: May 27, 2015

 Today’s Top Story: 

  • In the wake of the recent crude oil spill in Santa Barbara, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has called for stricter oversight of oil pipelines. (E&E News)

California News

Calls for expanded pipeline oversight trail Santa Barbara oil spill ($)
E&E News
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) called yesterday for stricter oversight of oil pipelines in the wake of a crude oil spill in Santa Barbara. Newsom, who is exploring a run for governor in 2018 as Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) term ends, said he would work to hold Plains All American Pipeline Co. responsible for Tuesday’s spill.

California oil spill: Officials hope to get first look at ruptured pipe
Los Angeles Times
Workers on Tuesday began digging up the soil around a pipe that ruptured and spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil along the Santa Barbara County coast.

Expenses loom for Plains over California oil spill
Houston Chronicle
Plains All American Pipeline, the Houston-based company at the center of the oil spill fouling a portion of California’s coast, could face “hundreds of millions of dollars” in costs related to the accident.

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Carson Planning Commission Hearing

The Carson planning commission will hold a hearing on June 9, 2015 at 6:30pm on the citywide oil code update. Read more.