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: March 5, 2015

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Environmentalists in California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Contra Costa County over its approval last month of a plan to increase propane recovery at Phillips 66’s Rodeo refinery, saying the environmental review did not take into account the broader impact of the project. (Reuters)

California News

Local oil companies react to injection well shut-in order
Bakersfield Now
Six companies were hit by the state action, and Chevron officials said they’re already making plans for alternate ways to dispose of the so-called “produced water.”

Environmentalists file suit over California oil refinery project
Reuters
Environmentalists in California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Contra Costa County over its approval last month of a plan to increase propane recovery at Phillips 66’s Rodeo refinery, saying the environmental review did not take into account the broader impact of the project.

Rodeo refinery project subject of legal challenge
Contra Costa Times
An environmental group has sued Contra Costa County over its approval of a propane and butane recovery project at a Rodeo refinery, contending it is a piece of a grander plan to process heavy, dirty tar sands crude that would come to California by rail.

California Orders Oil Companies To Stop Drilling Near Drinking Water Supplies
Climate Progress
On Tuesday, California regulators ordered a dozen oil and gas wells to cease production over concerns that the wells may be contaminating groundwater.

Hermosa Beach defeats oil drilling measure
Los Angeles Times
The votes are in: Hermosa Beach owes a Bakersfield oil company about $18 million.

California Methane Symposium

This symposium will provide a scientific assessment of methane pollution in Southern California and strategies to address emissions. Read more.

The Health Harms of Fracking Webinar

This session will focus on the latest research and findings in the field about health impacts of fracking. Read more.

California Air Resources Board: Call for Research Ideas (2016-2017)

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is soliciting brief research ideas from the general public as part of the process of developing the 2016-2017 Annual Research Plan. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. Read more.

Hammer Panel: Fracking and our Water

The Hammer Museum and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explore the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the quality and quantity of the nation’s water. Read more.