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.

Oil & Gas Press Clips: April 26, 2017

TOP STORY

  • President Donald Trump will open the door to new oil and natural gas drilling in Pacific waters off the coast of California with a directive Friday that sets up a certain clash with environmentalists. (Bloomberg)

 

CALIFORNIA 

Trump Said to Order Review of Oil Drilling Off California Coast
Bloomberg | Jennifer A. Dlouhy

President Donald Trump will open the door to new oil and natural gas drilling in Pacific waters off the coast of California with a directive Friday that sets up a certain clash with environmentalists. Trump will order the Interior Department to review locations for offshore oil and gas exploration and consider selling drilling rights in territory that former President Barack Obama put off limits, according to people briefed on the order who spoke on the condition of anonymity before it is issued.

Southern California Environmental Update #3 – April 2017
J.D. Supra

This is the third update on environmental regulatory and legal developments in Los Angeles and adjacent counties, as well as the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

 

OPINION, REPORT, & PRESS RELEASE

Protecting and Expanding California Climate Change Policies Tops Agenda for Upcoming Sustainability Summit at The Getty
Business Wire

As California continues to lead the nation in combatting climate change, an expected 450 local business, government and non-profit leaders will gather at the 11th Annual Sustainability Summit to explore how investment in sustainability generates new jobs, spurs innovation, and boosts the economy.

 

NATIONAL

Climate Denial in Schools
Vice | Emmalina Glinskis

Legislation proposed across the country since Donald Trump’s election threatens to bring climate change denial into the classroom under the guise of “academic freedom.” Currently, six states have legislative measures pending or already on the books that would allow anti-science rhetoric, including the rejection of global warming, to seep its way into schools’ curricula. While these types of proposals have become fairly routine in certain states, some of the most recent crop have advanced farther than in the past.

Rick Perry approves first natural gas export project as secretary
Washington Examiner | John Siciliano

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday approved the first permit under his tenure to ship natural gas to overseas markets, even as large U.S. manufacturers are warning the Trump administration that those exports could lead to skyrocketing energy prices in America. “This announcement is another example of President Trump’s leadership in making the United States an energy dominant force,” Perry said in approving the Golden Pass export terminal in Texas for shipping liquefied natural gas abroad.

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