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: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today’s Top Stories:

  • The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to start preparing for the passage of Measure P, an initiative that would ban fracking and steam injection if voters approve it in November.  The board directed county staff to start drafting ordinances and amendments to the general plan to protect the county from expensive litigation. Santa Ynez Valley News

  • Opponents of Measure P say that the county could  potentially be liable for billions of dollars if  courts decide that the ban amounts to a ‘taking’ of private property. Supporters of the ban say the companies are threatening to sue as a scare tactic and do not actually have a legal basis for their claims. KSBY

California News

County Supervisors vote to move forward with Measure P ordinances, amendments
Santa Ynez Valley News
After listening to the comments of more than two dozen people Tuesday morning, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors directed county staff to begin preparing for the implementation and legal fallout of Measure P, a November ballot measure designed to prohibit the use of high-intensity oil and gas extraction techniques in the county, should it pass.

‘Biggest exposure county will ever have,’ SB County lawyer on potential liability of fracking ban
KSBY
If voters ban fracking and other types of enhanced oil production methods, Santa Barbara County lawyers say it could open the door to numerous lawsuits. Proponents of Measure P say oil companies and people who stand to lose money are threatening to sue as a scare tactic.

Santa Barbara County prepares for possible passage of Measure P
KCBX (Randol White)
Santa Barbara County will begin work on the process for implementing a ban on certain forms of oil and gas drilling, should Measure P pass this November. The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at a special meeting Tuesday to start the process.

L.A. Councilman Mitchell Englander pushes for environmental review of oil drilling site near Porter Ranch
L.A. Daily News
Councilman Mitchell Englander is urging the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning to conduct a thorough environmental review, including an environmental impact report, of a proposed drilling plan in Aliso Canyon.

30-day fracking study puts off public vote to 2016
ChicoER (Roger Aylworth)
A decision to do a 30-day study on what an initiative banning hydraulic fracturing would mean to Butte County will effectively keep the measure off the ballot until June 2016. On a 4-1 vote, with Chico Supervisor Maureen Kirk the lone nay, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to investigate what the initiative, sponsored by “Frack Free Butte County,” will actually do.

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SPE Forum: Low Carbon Intensity Processes for Low-Mobility Oil Recovery

As high-carbon intensity drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and cyclic steam injection proliferate across California and the country, this SPE forum seeks to discuss potential alternatives that would allow for low-mobility oil recovery with reduced impact on our climate. Read more.

Bakersfield - State Water Board Meeting to Develop Groundwater Monitoring Model Criteria for Oil and Gas Areas

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is hosting a public meeting to develop a model criteria for groundwater monitoring related to SB4. Read more.

American Chemical Society 248th National Meeting and Exposition | Evolving Science and Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

The American Chemical Society's (ACS) Division of Environmental Chemistry is sponsoring a symposium on the Evolving Science and Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing at the ACS National Meeting and Exposition. Read more.

SPE Workshop: Improved and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Offshore Environments

This SPE workshop centers on the drive to achieve reduced costs and improved strategic management of offshore enhanced oil recovery operations. Topics include subsurface challenges, integrated modeling, and improvements to facilities/wells, among others. Read more.