Today’s Top Stories:
A majority of Californians (54%) oppose the increased use of fracking, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. KQED
Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians
Drought has moved to the top of the list in the latest survey of Californians’ environmental worries. In a statewide poll conducted during the second week of July, more than a third of respondents (35 percent) cited water supply and drought as “the most important environmental issue facing California today.” That more than doubled the second most popular response, which was air pollution.
California regulators visit Salinas to pitch draft fracking rules, county pushes back.
Monterey County Weekly
Add it to the list along with politics and religion: Fracking, and how to regulate it, is perhaps too divisive a subject for polite dinner conversation.
Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains
The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing regulations that would make trains carrying oil safer. There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year, and last July, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation exploded in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.
Petroleum Trade Group Challenges Ban on Fracking in Southern California City
An ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas activities both in and around Compton, Calif., is unconstitutional and preempted by state law, a trade association representing petroleum companies alleged in a lawsuit (W. States Petroleum Ass’n v. City of Compton, Cal. Super. Ct., No. BC552272, 7/21/14).
Californians oppose increased fracking
Central Valley Business Times
As debates continue over drilling for oil and natural gas using the technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at least half of California adults (54 percent oppose, 36 percent favor) and likely voters (50 percent oppose, 40 percent favor) oppose this method of extraction, according to a new statewide poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.
State regulators will discuss regulations on oil well stimulation operations
Kern Golden Empire
State regulators are in Bakersfield today to discuss revised regulations on oilwell stimulation operations in Kern County, including the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Those rules were first imposed after passage of SB-4 last November, the state’s first effort to impose stricter regulations on fracking.