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: July 30, 2015

Today’s Top Stories: 

  • Today, the Central Valley Water Board will consider a cease-and-desist order against a Kern County company that operates a dozens of unlined pits holding oil field waste water. The board says it has evidence that a plume of oil waste from one or more of the 27 pits has contaminated groundwater. (Los Angeles Times)

  • Carson planning commissioners have backed off a ban on fracking and other tough oil-industry regulations despite pleas from environmentalists this week that the city adopt the nation’s most restrictive laws against Big Oil. They voted 5-4 to delay until Sept. 8 any decision on a proposed 60-page revision to the city’s oil and gas code and agreed, in the meantime, to consult with newly appointed interim City Manager Ken Farfsing. (Daily Breeze)

California News

Carson planners resist pleas from environmentalists, back off fracking ban
Daily Breeze
Carson planning commissioners have backed off a ban on fracking and other tough oil-industry regulations despite pleas from environmentalists this week that the city adopt the nation’s most restrictive laws against Big Oil.

Kern County to consider cracking down on oil field waste water pits
Los Angeles Times
The Central Valley Water Board will consider a cease-and-desist order Thursday against a Kern County company that operates dozens of unlined pits holding oil field waste water.

Climate change: California poll finds Republicans don’t see global warming as serious threat
Contra Costa Times
Although Californians of all parties said they support increasing tax credits for electric vehicles and solar power, 62 percent of Republicans favored expanding offshore oil drilling in California and 53 percent favored more hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

A hike through fracked wilderness
KCRW
This month, the first state-wide Environmental Impact Review on fracking was published. The report spans over 2,500 pages and will be used to guide future proposals to frack anywhere in California. It focuses on three specific proposals at oil and gas fields. One of which is in the Sespe Wilderness, just a short drive from Santa Barbara.

Big oil slick off Santa Barbara County coast sparks new concerns
Los Angeles Times
An oil slick that stretched more than 3 miles was spotted Wednesday by some kayakers, about two months after a ruptured pipeline spilled more than 21,000 gallons of crude into the ocean off this picturesque coastline.

Coast Guard Says California Oil Slick Will Vanish on Its Own
Associated Press
A 2-mile-long oil slick mysteriously materialized off the Southern California coast on Wednesday, but unlike a disastrous spill in the same area two months ago it didn’t send any damaging crude ashore and was expected to dissipate on its own.

Opinion/Blog/Press Release

Fracking Away Precious Fresh Water Supplies, How This Industry is Drilling Us Towards Drought
One Green Planet
As water supplies worldwide become increasingly stressed, our attention to water conservation and sustainable water use becomes more critical. Without reliable fresh water resources, our chances for maintaining food security, proper health and hygiene, and enough drinking water to supply the masses becomes a battle of epic proportions.

California’s Biggest ‘Secret’ — Oil Industry Capture of the Regulatory Apparatus
East Bay Express
The biggest, most explosive story in California environmental politics is the capture of the regulatory apparatus by the regulated, but you wouldn’t know it if you rely on the mainstream media for your information.

National News

Drillers could sidestep New York fracking ban with propane gel
Shale Energy Insider
Drillers in New York could sidestep the state’s current fracking ban by using gelled propane instead of water, according to environmental groups and the natural gas industry.

House Dems introduce another bill to reduce methane waste ($)
E&E News
House Democrats yesterday introduced a bill that would establish new standards to reduce the waste of natural gas from drilling operations on public lands.

U.S. sets new final rule on oil, ethanol trains
Reuters
The Obama administration on Wednesday released a new regulation intended to prevent explosive rail disasters such as the 2013 oil train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

 

Public Briefing Workshop 2: Draft EIR for Kern County

The Kern County Planning and Community Development Department will host a joint public briefing workshop with the Kern County Board of Supervisors and the Kern County Planning Commission to receive comments on the draft EIR. Read more.

Public Briefing Workshop 3: Draft EIR for Kern County

The Kern County Planning and Community Development Department will host a joint public briefing workshop with the Kern County Board of Supervisors and the Kern County Planning Commission to receive comments on the draft EIR. Read more.

Final Public Hearing for Draft EIR in Kern County

A public hearing has been scheduled with the Kern County Planning Commission to receive public comments on the draft EIR. Read more.