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: September 18, 2014

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Anterra Energy Services, which operates the only commercial injection wells in Ventura County legally allowed to dispose of fluids generated by oil production, is under criminal investigation by the Ventura County District Attorney. District officials have not commented on the subject of the investigation, but Oxnard Mayor pro tem, Carmen Ramirez, has expressed fears that the existence of injection wells in the middle of the Oxnard plain could cause groundwater contamination. (Santa Barbara Independent)

California News

Police Seize Energy Company Records: Ventura Injection Well Company Under Criminal Investigation
Santa Barbara Independent
Last week, the Ventura County District Attorney sent police squads to seize records from two sites run by Anterra Energy Services, which operates the only commercial injection wells in Ventura County legally allowed to dispose of fluids generated by oil production.

Oil producers wonder what effect refinery project will have on barrel prices
Bakersfield California
California’s oil industry is raising questions about what effect Alon USA Energy Inc.’s oil-by-rail project on Rosedale Highway will have on local crude prices. An electronic newsletter issued Monday by the California Independent Petroleum Association says the project poses “economic questions … including how bringing additional barrels of crude into the California market will affect local crude prices.”

High Intensity Surrounds Heated Debate Over ‘Anti-Fracking’ Initiative on November Ballot
Noozhawk
Liars, manipulators and outsiders are lined up on either side of Santa Barbara County’s “anti-fracking” ballot initiative, if local voters are to believe the rhetoric leading up to the November election.

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Symposium on the Impact of Oil Extraction in North Orange County

The Symposium will feature experts in the fields of seismology, hydrogeology, air quality, and environmental geology who will speak to the potential impact of oil pumping – including fracking – on our groundwater, earthquake hazard, and water quality. Read more.

PetroLA: A Symposium

PetroLA will explore the regional impact of the production, refining and consumption of oil and gas on Southern California. Read more.

Petrochemical America Exhibit

The Pomona College Museum of Art presents the traveling exhibition Petrochemical America on view from September 2 to December 19, 2014. Read more.