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 30, 2014

Today’s Top Story:

  • A new study published in the Environmental Health Journal has found potentially dangerous concentrations of eight volatile chemicals near fracking sites in Arkansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wyoming.  (U.S. News and World Report, Inside Climate News)

California News

County defeats Chevron in landmark tax case
Bakersfield Californian
Kern County scored an important court victory against Chevron USA Inc. this week in a landmark property tax case that had threatened a key source of local government funding.

Governor makes a call on Arvin pipeline leak
Bakersfield Californian
The Arvin gas pipeline leak that has displaced eight families from their homes since March got swift action from Gov. Jerry Brown at Wednesday’s get-out-the-vote rally.

Keep On Drillin’? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future
WCQS
Think of California’s Santa Barbara County and you might picture the area’s famous beaches or resorts and wineries. But in the northern reaches of the vast county, oil production has been a major contributor to the economy for almost a century.

Measure P Money Creeps Up
Santa Barbara Independent
The “No on Measure P” campaign continues to outpace the “Yes” team on the fundraising front, with the most recent donations bringing the respective war chests to $5.8 million and $352,000.

National News

Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites
U.S. News and World Report
Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous” cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites.

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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.